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Brief description of site

The site contains mainly archaeological remains of an elaborate early-18th-century formal garden scheme of around 15 hectares. The formal gardens are set within related parkland totalling around 120 hectares, much of which has been returned to agricultural use.

Brief history of site

The site, which was then farmland, was purchased by George Dodington in 1709. In 1716, Dodington commissioned plans for a new mansion from Sir John Vanbrugh. Plans for elaborate formal gardens and for the surrounding park were provided by Charles Bridgeman (d 1738) in about 1717. The house was not completed until 1738, and the majority of the mansion was demolished in 1782.

Location information:

Address: Eastbury, Tarrant Gunville, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8JL

Locality: Blandford Forum

Local Authorities:

Dorset; North Dorset; Tarrant Gunville

Historical County: Dorset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 195 Grid Ref: ST932127
Latitude: 50.9137 Longitude: -2.0981

Key information:

Form of site: formal garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Site Style : formal

Site first created: After 1709

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 135

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