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Brief description of site

Downton Castle features a hilly and wooded Picturesque landscape park of the late-18th century, laid out along a river gorge crossed by ornamental bridges.

Brief history of site

Richard Payne Knight inherited the estate in 1772 and developed its Picturesque layout. Terrace gardens were added by W.A. Nesfield in 1865. The site is now a National Nature Reserve.

Location information:

Address: Downton on the Rock, near Ludlow, SY8 2LG

Locality: Ludlow

Local Authorities:

Herefordshire, County of; Downton

Historical County: Herefordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 148 Grid Ref: SO445748
Latitude: 52.3684 Longitude: -2.81656


Six miles west of Ludlow via the A49, then the A4113, then a minor road south-west towards Downton on the Rock.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: nature reserve

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : Picturesque

Site first created: Before 1772

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 350

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