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Brief description of site

The site has the remains (now largely archaeological) of early-18th-century formal gardens, which since the 19th century have been partly obscured by agricultural and woodland development. The estate now covers about 720 hectares, of which the gardens at their most extensive comprised about 23 hectares.

Brief history of site

Farley Hall was built in 1729 for John Walter. Garden plans were drawn up by Charles Bridgeman at about the same time, but the extent to which they were implemented is not clear.

Location information:

Address: Farley Hall, Castle Road, Farley Hill, Berkshire, RG7 1UL

Locality: Wokingham

Local Authorities:

Wokingham; Swallowfield

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 175 Grid Ref: SU750646
Latitude: 51.3755 Longitude: -0.923845


South-west of Wokingham, west of the A327

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1729

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 23

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