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Brief description of site

The site was the town seat of the Masters family, situated next to the parish church of the site of the former abbey. A semicircular terrace is the only remnant of the later house, the site of which is now occupied by flats. The grounds are now a public open space extending down to the River Churn and retaining the general form of the late-17th-century landscaping.

Brief history of site

The house was built on the site of the cloisters of the formal Abbey and the gardens and orchard incorporated the former Abbey grounds up to the fishponds in the River. This was a formal axial-structured garden with many formal vegetable growing areas and orchards in the 17th century. The house was rebuilt and the garden and park landscaped by William Donn, a pupil of Brown, around 1774. Further extension was undertaken by Wyatt in the 19th century. The house was demolished in 1968.

Location information:

Address: Gosditch, Cirencester, GL7 2QU

Locality: Cirencester

Local Authorities:

Gloucestershire; Cotswold; Cirencester

Historical County: Gloucestershire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 163 Grid Ref: SP024022
Latitude: 51.7185 Longitude: -1.96666

Directions:

In public park west of St.John's Church

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is now in a public park.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1600 to 1650

Main period of development: Early 17th century

Survival: Extant

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