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Brief description of site

Highham Court was a Medieval deer park developed in the 17th and 18th centuries as a landscape park. It was around 40 hectares at its most extensive, with mid-19th-century ornamental gardens and grottoes.

Brief history of site

The manor of Highnam had belonged to the abbot of Gloucester. After the Dissolution the site was granted by the Crown to John Arnold, passing later by marriage to the Cooke family. The present house was built for William Cooke (died 1700). John Guise lived at the house from at least 1757 until 1794, during which time the grounds were landscaped. Extensive new gardens were laid out by James Pulham in the 1840s.

Location information:

Address: Highnam, GL2 8EG

Locality: Gloucester

Local Authorities:

Gloucestershire; Tewkesbury; Highnam

Historical County: Gloucestershire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 162 Grid Ref: SO793193
Latitude: 51.8719 Longitude: -2.30207


Highnam is 2 miles north-west of Gloucester on the A40 towards Ross on Wye.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open on the first Sunday of every month from 11 until 5 from May to September. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: historic house

Site first created: Before 1700

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 40

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