The History of Bradbourne House


Sir Thomas Twisden became the first Bart of Bradbourne when he purchased the estate in the 1650’s. The house remaining in the ownership of the Twisden family until 1937.

Numerous portraits decorate the house – charting the chequered 400 year history of this fascinating family.

In 1938 the house was purchased by the East Malling Trust for Horticultural Research, a charity, which still owns it today, together with nearly 600 acres of adjoining land. The Trust’s income supports horticultural research at the nearby world famous East Malling Research Station, and elsewhere.


Two booklets published in 2006 and 2007 have in depth accounts of all the major members of the family and fascinating details relating to the history of the house and grounds. If you would like to purchase a copy of these or would like to find out more about the history of Bradbourne House, please visit


Is it not pleasing to know that should you hold an event at Bradbourne House, you will be contributing to the upkeep of the house and grounds and also providing much needed income for horticultural research !


In addition to this, each event that takes place now, will forever become a little piece of the history of Bradbourne House.