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Brief description of site

The site originally had early formal and landscape gardens and pleasure grounds occupying about 100 hectares within a 240 hectare registered site, dating from the early-18th century and later. The house was used as a college until 1970. Since the late-20th century Heythrop has been a hotel with sports facilities including a golf course, croquet lawn and football pitch.

Brief history of site

Charles Talbot, Duke of Shrewsbury, bought the Heythrop estate in 1697, employing Thomas Archer to erect Heythrop House, 1706-11. The formal garden features were laid out shortly afterwards. The informal features, centring on the Bath House in the south-west corner of The Wilderness seem to have been in existence by 1710, and if so are a very early example of this type. The lakes were probably created in the mid- to late 18th century, together with the cascade walks and adjacent woodland walks.

Location information:

Address: Heythrop Park Hotel, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5UE

Locality: Chipping Norton

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; West Oxfordshire; Heythrop

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 164 Grid Ref: SP364265
Latitude: 51.9358 Longitude: -1.47196


North-west of Oxford, off the A44/B4030

Key information:

Form of site: estate

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: hotel

Site first created: After 1706

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 100

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