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Brief description of site

Leigh Court has pleasure grounds and a park of 128 hectares surrounding a country house, for which Humphry Repton produced a Red Book. The walled garden is now used by an educational charity working with organic horticulture.

Although not generally open to the public, the walled garden and orchard have occasional open days. Please visit their website for details.

Brief history of site

The site was given in 1148 to the monastery of St Augustine in Bristol, and remained monastic property until the dissolution. Sir George Norton built a new house after 1558, shown on a parish survey of 1800, on the site of the old, and this stood until 1811 when it was demolished prior to the building of the present Leigh Court nearby. The present building was erected by Thomas Hopper between 1814 and 1818. Humphry Repton advised on the landscape in about 1814 and a Red Book was produced in that year.

Location information:

Address: Abbots Leigh, BS8 3RA

Locality: Bristol

Local Authorities:

North Somerset; Abbots Leigh

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST543747
Latitude: 51.4694 Longitude: -2.65932

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Horticultural

Context or principal building: education

Site first created: After 1814

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 128

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