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Brief description of site

The Hoo has the remains of an 18th-century landscape park with work by Lancelot Brown and William Chambers. The house was demolished and much of the estate returned to agriculture in the mid-20th century.

Brief history of site

The manor of Hoo was held by the Hoo family from the 13th century. Sir Henry Hoo Keate sold the manor in 1732 to Margaret Brand, whose son Thomas later employed Lancelot Brown and the architect Sir William Chambers to embellish the landscape during the 1760s. In the early to mid-18th century, the site had a formal approach and garden enclosures, with a small park.

Location information:

Address: The Hoo, Kimpton, nr Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 8HN

Locality: Hitchin

Local Authorities:

Hertfordshire; North Hertfordshire; Kimpton

Historical County: Hertfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 166 Grid Ref: TL188196
Latitude: 51.8623 Longitude: -0.276178

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Agriculture and subsistence

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 120

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