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Brief description of site

Ditton Park dates from before 1086, although the present grounds were laid out in the 18th century by Lancelot Brown. The estate covers about 80 hectares, and is designed in the English Landscape style.
The park was shortened by the construction of the M4 motorway to the south.

Brief history of site

Sir John Moleyns, treasurer to King Edward III, inherited the manor of Ditton in about 1330. The following year he was granted permission to embattle his house and, in 1335, was given licence to impark about 17 hectares. A map of 1607 shows a park of 90 hectares stocked with deer. The house is shown as moated with a formal garden to the south. The house was re-built after 1615. Lancelot Brown worked on the site between 1762 and 1774.

Location information:

Address: Riding Court Road, Datchet, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 9LL

Locality: Slough

Local Authorities:

Windsor and Maidenhead; Datchet

Historical County: Buckinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: SU999780
Latitude: 51.4921 Longitude: -0.562431

Directions:

North of the M4, between junctions 5 and 6, south of Slough.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: commercial

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: After 1330

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 80

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