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Brief description of site

The remains of 3 hectares of 19th-century gardens sit within an extensive 18th-century landscape park of about 115 hectares. Since the 1950s the area has been in divided use and ownership.

Brief history of site

Gosfield Hall was originally built in the 1540s by Sir John Wentworth as a quadrangular house ranged around a courtyard. Robert Nugent, who acquired the estate in 1736, carried out work on the landscape and created a mile-long lake as a key element in his new design for the park. The estate was purchased by Samuel Courtauld in 1851. He renovated the Hall, laying out a formal geometric garden around it, and generally improved the park and estate.

Location information:

Address: Gosfield Hall, Gosfield, Essex, CO9 1SF

Locality: Braintree, Essex

Local Authorities:

Essex; Braintree; Gosfield

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 167 Grid Ref: TL775297
Latitude: 51.9375 Longitude: 0.580688

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1540

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 115

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