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Brief description of site

Following the 19th-century demolition of the house, gravel extraction has caused significant disturbance to the southern part of the landscape.

There are though significant remains of the northern part of the park landscape, including the pre-Brown walled garden, remains of a neo-classical orangery (which has been badly truncated), ha-has, belt planting and the remains of bridges and cascades. The stables and sections of a service wing of the mansion also still remain, although these are in private ownership and not open.

Brief history of site

Fisherwick Park was formerly the seat of the Earl, then Marquis, of Donegal, who also owned Antrim Castle. The park was laid out by Capability Brown in 1770 for the 5th Earl. There are watercolour views by John Spyers. Over 50,000 trees were planted, for which the Earl was awarded a medal from the Society of Arts.

Location information:

Address: Elford, WS13 8QQ

Locality: Lichfield

Local Authorities:

Staffordshire; Lichfield; Fisherwick

Historical County: Staffordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 128 Grid Ref: SK174098
Latitude: 52.6856 Longitude: -1.74404

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1770

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

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