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Brief description of site

Grimsthorpe Castle has a landscape park developed from a forest that was first recorded in the Domesday book in 1086. The forest was transformed into a landscape park in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Castle is set on a ridge running from north-west to south-east through the site, giving views to east and west.

Brief history of site

The castle is of 13th-century origin, re-built several times since then. The Four Mile Riding was laid out in the park some time after 1626, and the gardens were first laid out around 1680. Work was undertaken by Stephen Switzer in 1711 and by Lancelot Brown in 1771. The castle has been restored a number of times in the last 200 years, and is now in the hands of a charitable trust.

Location information:

Address: The Estate Office, Grimsthorpe, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 0LY

Locality: Bourne

Local Authorities:

Lincolnshire; South Kesteven; Edenham

Historical County: Lincolnshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 130 Grid Ref: TF044228
Latitude: 52.7927 Longitude: -0.453196

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Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1200

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 954

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