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Brief description of site

Marston House has the remains of pleasure grounds dating to 1724-45 by Stephen Switzer. There is also a late-18th century landscape park. Further work was undertaken from 1819-22 by Sir Jeffry Wyatville, and more re-workings in the later 19th century.

Brief history of site

Marston House did not exist in 1600, and the earliest description dates from 1641, by which time there was 'a fair house, with orchards, gardens and pleasant walks about it'. The site was neglected for long periods in the later 17th century. In 1714, Marston became the possession of Charles Boyle, fourth Earl of Orrery, rebuilt the house around 1720, and employed Stephen Switzer (1682-1745) to lay out the grounds. Marston Pond, a boathouse, and three gate lodges were created after 1798, and William Sawrey Gilpin was consulted on changes to the drives, pleasure grounds, and park.

Location information:

Address: Marston Bigot, BA11 5DU

Locality: Frome

Local Authorities:

Somerset; Mendip; Frome

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 183 Grid Ref: ST756452
Latitude: 51.2055 Longitude: -2.35065

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: pleasure ground

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1600 to 1641

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 222

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