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Brief description of site

Longford Castle has a 16th-century park landscaped in the 18th century. The park covers some 125 hectares, with 19th-century formal gardens of two hectares.

Brief history of site

In about 1578-91 Longford Castle was built to an unusual triangular design by the architect John Thorpe, and formal gardens were laid out to its south and east fronts. The gardens were restored around 1654 following Civil War damage. In about 1740-50 various garden buildings and structures were added, including a balustrade, an obelisk, a summerhouse, a loggia, and various unspecified piers. By 1773 Longford Castle was surrounded by a formal park laid out with avenues and rides. Lancelot Brown visited Longford Castle twice in 1777, but the extent of his work is not known.

Location information:

Address: Longford Park, SP5 4EG

Locality: Bodenham

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Odstock

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 184 Grid Ref: SU171266
Latitude: 51.0385 Longitude: -1.75749

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The house may only be viewed as part of a guided group of 20 people.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: castle

Site Style : formal

Site first created: 1578 to 1591

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 160

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