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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.

Location information:

Address: Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5UY

Locality: Shrewsbury

Local Authorities:

Shropshire; Hodnet

Historical County: Shropshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 126 Grid Ref: SJ 568 290
Latitude: 52.8568 Longitude: -2.64302

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The Follies area is open daily through the summer season, with more restricted hours at other times. Please see:

Key information:

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

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 550

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