Hawkstone, Shrewsbury, England
Record Id: 1658
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
Brief description of site
Hawkstone has a landscape park which is in divided ownership. Other features include the follies, an area of cliffs, caves and crags within woodland. The site is remarkable for its realisation of the late-18th-century concept of the sublime, as embodied in the natural landscape. There is also a golf course.
Brief history of site
Sir Rowland Hill acquired the estate in 1556. The hall was re-built after 1708 and re-modelled after 1727. The estate was also extended at this time. Richard Hill enlarged the park and added considerably to the number of attractions. He opened Hawkstone as the first tourist park in Britain in 1790. James Braid designed the nine hole golf course in 1920 and expanded this to 18 holes in 1930. The park was completely restored in 1993.
Address: Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5UY
Historical County: Shropshire
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Opening contact details:
The Follies area is open daily through the summer season, with more restricted hours at other times. Please see:
Form of site: landscape park
Purpose of site: Ornamental
Context or principal building: hotel
Site first created: 1556 to 1790
Main period of development: Late 18th century
Site Size (Hectares): 550