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Brief description of site

The site originated as an Elizabethan manor house. It was bought in the early-20th century by Lady Ottoline Morrell, who restored the garden in the Italianate style. There is also a wild garden. The gardens cover about 4 hectares.

Brief history of site

Garsington Manor House was probably built in the late-16th-century, using the site of monastic buildings formerly owned by Abingdon Abbey. It was re-built around 1630. Philip Morrell and his wife Lady Ottoline bought the house and surrounding estate for £8400 in 1913. Philip and Lady Ottoline developed the formal elements in the garden.

Location information:

Address: Garsington Manor, Oxford, OX44 9DH

Locality: Oxford

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; South Oxfordshire; Garsington

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 164 Grid Ref: SP582019
Latitude: 51.7128 Longitude: -1.15902


South of junction 7 on the M40

Key information:

Form of site: formal garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: manor house

Site Style : Italianate garden

Site first created: After 1550

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 4

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