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Brief description of site

Gayhurst Court is an 18th-century landscape park and woodland developed on a site which originated in Anglo-Saxon times. At their most extensive the grounds covered about 300 hectares, with mid-19th century formal gardens of 1 hectare. The park and residence are now in divided use.

Brief history of site

There was a medieval deer park on the site, probably to the south-west of the house. This is shown on a map of 1610. The oldest part of the present house was built in about 1500 on the site of an older manor house. Lancelot Brown was brought in to landscape the park, probably about 1751. Humphry Repton made alterations to the pleasure grounds and park in about 1793. The property was let to the second Lord Carrington from 1842 to 1877, during whose tenancy elaborate additions and alterations were made to the house and garden.

Location information:

Address: Gayhurst Court, Gayhurst, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 8LG

Locality: Newport Pagnell

Local Authorities:

Milton Keynes; Gayhurst

Historical County: Buckinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 165 Grid Ref: SP846463
Latitude: 52.1086 Longitude: -0.766109


Between the M1 and B526, north-west of Newport Pagnell.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: multiple dwelling

Site first created: Before 1610

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 100

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