Lyveden New Bield, Oundle, England
Record Id: 2182
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
Brief description of site
Lyveden New Bield has the earthwork remains of a 16th-century formal garden and water gardens, with an unfinished Garden Lodge. The garden was begun in 1596 by Sir Thomas Tresham, and was abandoned unfinished when all work ceased in 1605.
Brief history of site
A licence to impark was granted in 1540. Work began in 1596 on a cruciform banqueting house at the head of a great new garden. This garden was probably designed by Thomas Tresham, the owner, who in 1604 was commissioned to landscape grounds in Cirencester. Thomas Tresham was imprisoned in 1600. Five years later, and only a few months after his father's death, his eldest son Francis was imprisoned because of his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot. Building on the site never resumed.
Address: Lyveden New Bield, nr Oundle, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, PE8 5AT
Northamptonshire; East Northamptonshire; Aldwincle
Historical County: Northamptonshire
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4 miles south-west of Oundle via A427.
Opening contact details:
The site is open daily in July and August. It is open at weekends only in November, February and March, closed in December and January, and open Wednesdays to Sundays during the rest of the year.
Parking. Shop. Some refreshments. WCs. Dogs on leads only. Disabled access to most of the site.
Form of site: formal garden
Purpose of site: ornamental garden
Context or principal building: house
Plant type/environment: water garden
Site Style : formal
Site first created: 1596 to 1605
Main period of development: 16th century
Survival: Part: standing remains
Site Size (Hectares): 26