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Brief description of site

Iford Manor has an early-20th-century terraced garden, laid out in the Italian style on a steeply sloping site by the owner, architect Harold Peto. The garden features sculpture and artefacts collected by Peto on his travels in southern Europe. The garden is surrounded by a late-18th or early-19th-century park, the whole covering 21 hectares altogether. The site straddles the county boundary, with a significant portion of it being in Wiltshire.

Brief history of site

There was a garden here in the late-18th century, with pleasure grounds including an octagonal gazebo and a small park with woodland walks. Harold Peto lived at Iford Manor from 1899 to 1933, and laid out the present garden, which was largely complete by 1907. The garden was restored in the late-1960s and early-1970s with advice from landscape architect Lanning Roper.

Location information:

Address: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA!5 2BA

Locality: Bradford on Avon

Local Authorities:

Bath and North East Somerset; Hinton

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST801590
Latitude: 51.3297 Longitude: -2.28701


The gardens lie east of the A36 between Bath and Frome.

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Key information:

Form of site: terraced garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : Italianate garden

Site first created: 1899 to 1907

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 6.1

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