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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.

Location information:

Address: Lyveden New Bield, nr Oundle, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, PE8 5AT

Locality: Oundle

Local Authorities:

Northamptonshire; East Northamptonshire; Aldwincle

Historical County: Northamptonshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 141 Grid Ref: SP982855
Latitude: 52.4586 Longitude: -0.556182


4 miles south-west of Oundle via A427.

Visitor facilities

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.

Visitor information:

Parking. Shop. Some refreshments. WCs. Dogs on leads only. Disabled access to most of the site.

Key information:

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

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