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Brief description of site

Hurstbourne Park is a formal and landscape park with the remains of formal gardens. The park extends to around 330 hectares. It dates back from the late-18th century, overlying a landscape design from the early-18th century, probably laid out by Thomas Archer. There is also extensive 19th-century planting.

Brief history of site

Manorial rights to the site were held by the prior of St Swithin's who in 1332 was given a licence to impark and enclose his woods to create a deer park. The site was owned by John Wallop in the early-18th century, who undertook major improvements both to the Grange and to the surrounding landscape, with the assistance of Thomas Archer. Between 1780 and 1785, a new house, designed by James Wyatt, was built. By the beginning of the 19th century, informality had been introduced into the landscape. A new mansion, with terraced gardens, was erected in 1891-4.

Location information:

Address: Hurstbourne Park, Hurstbourne Priors, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7RN

Locality: Basingstoke and Deane

Local Authorities:

Hampshire; Basingstoke and Deane; Hurstbourne

Historical County: Hampshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 185 Grid Ref: SU448477
Latitude: 51.2267 Longitude: -1.35981

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1332

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 330

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