Ashridge, Chiltern Hills, England
Record Id: 161
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
Brief description of site
A park, woodland and agricultural estate of about 1400 hectares, originating in the Medieval period with later design by Lancelot Brown. There is a central landscape park of 36 hectares, including 19th-century ornamental gardens occupying about 6 hectares to the south of the house.
Brief history of site
The site was a monastic college, founded in 1283, which came into private ownership in 1604. A new house was built in the 1760s, and Lancelot Brown was employed to improve the parkland from 1759 to 1768. Another new house was built in 1808 and the previous house was demolished. In 1813 Humphry Repton produced a Red Book of suggestions for the gardens and pleasure grounds immediately around the house, his designs being laid out piecemeal over the following decades. The estate was sold up in the 1920s, the house and garden becoming a training centre for Conservative Party workers, the park and woodland being largely acquired by the National Trust and peripheral plots being sold for housing. The house became the Ashridge Management College in 1959, in which use it and the gardens remain.
Address: Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LX
Locality: Chiltern Hills
Hertfordshire; Dacorum; Little Gaddesden
Historical County: Hertfordshire
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Off the B4506 between Berkhamstead and Northchurch.http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate/facilities-and-access/
Opening contact details:
The estate is open all day, all year. Visitor Centre open March - November, 12 noon to 5.00pm.
Parking. Refreshments (part year). Limited disabled access. Dogs under close control. WC (not always available).
Form of site: country estate
Purpose of site: Ornamental
Site first created: After 1760
Main period of development: 18th century
Site Size (Hectares): 200