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This site has the following component area(s):

Madingley Hall, Courtyard

Madingley Hall, Walled Garden

Madingley Hall, North Garden


Brief description of site

Madingley Hall has a park and pleasure ground belonging to a hall built in 1543. The grounds were landscaped by Lancelot Brown in 1756, with a croquet lawn and topiary garden added in the early-20th century. Originally occupying about 100 hectares, the site is now in multiple ownership with about 3.2 hectares remaining to the hall.

Brief history of site

As with many of the Cambridge colleges, the gardens and grounds of over 100 hectares (over 247 acres) surrounding Madingley Hall are divided into separate areas. This reflects the numerous re-designs of the landscape from the Hall's creation in 1543 by Sir John Hyde. The earliest record of the gardens is from a 1705 illustration by Kip showing a 'Dutch Style' layout popular at the time. The gardens were landscaped by Lancelot Brown between 1756 and 1757 whose work has been partly obliterated by the formal gardens of 1913 and 1914.

Location information:

Address: Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ

Locality: Cambridge

Local Authorities:

Cambridgeshire; South Cambridgeshire; Madingley

Historical County: Cambridgeshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 154 Grid Ref: TL392604
Latitude: 52.2242 Longitude: 0.0364854


3 miles west of Cambridge

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

There are occasional open days for charity.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: pleasure ground

Context or principal building: college

Site first created: 1543

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 80

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