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Brief description of site

Audley End has an 18th-century landscape park and woodland, which has been partly returned to agriculture. The site covers approximately 240 hectares, with 40 hectares of parkland surrounding the house and five hectares of kitchen garden which was acquired for the nation in 1948. Other notable features include the 52-metre (170 feet) long vine house and Robert Adam's ornamental garden buildings.

Brief history of site

Extensive formal gardens were laid out from about 1615. Further development of the gardens took place in the early-18th century. Lancelot Brown designed the park in the mid-18th century while Richard Woods worked on the pleasure grounds. The current formal parterre dates from 1831.

Location information:

Address: Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Locality: Saffron Walden

Local Authorities:

Essex; Uttlesford; Saffron Walden

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 154 Grid Ref: TL526381
Latitude: 52.0203 Longitude: 0.222518

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open Wednesdays to Sundays between February and October, and open weekends only in the winter months.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: historic house

Site first created: After 1615

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 240

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