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Brief description of site

The estate at Ditchley originates in the medieval period. The present house was constructed in 1722. The gardens and pleasure grounds occupy about 40 hectares within a park of about 140 hectares.

Brief history of site

In 1583 Sir Henry Lee of Quarrendon, near Aylesbury, Ranger of Woodstock Park, bought a house and land at Ditchley. A license was granted for the enclosure of a substantial deer park in 1603. A new house was constructed in 1722. The formal gardens and pleasure grounds were laid out, and the park landscaped, to complement the new building. Developments since then include works in the 19th century (J C Loudon) and the 1930s (G Jellicoe).

Location information:

Address: Ditchley Park, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 4ER

Locality: Charlbury

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; West Oxfordshire; Spelsbury

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 164 Grid Ref: SP391212
Latitude: 51.888 Longitude: -1.43329

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Open to groups only, by arrangement only, Mon - Fri only.
01608 677346

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: Before 1583

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 180

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