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Brief description of site

Henry Avray Tipping designed the gardens around the partially-ruined medieval Mathern Palace in the early-20th century. Medieval fishponds in the grounds and parts of the ruined Palace were incorporated into the original design. The garden has well-preserved terracing and structural planting of yew. There is also a sunken garden, originally designed as a rose garden.

Although the site is now a private residence, it is available for hire for weddings and functions.

Brief history of site

Mathern Palace was a bishops' residence until the end of the 17th century when it went into decline. When Tipping bought the property in 1894 it was a farmhouse. He renovated and remodelled it and laid out the gardens between 1894 and 1914 before moving to Mounton House.

Location information:

Address: Mathern Palace, Mathern, near Chepstow, NP16 6JA

Locality: Chepstow

Local Authorities:

Monmouthshire; Mathern

Historical County: Monmouthshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 162 Grid Ref: ST 524908
Latitude: 51.614 Longitude: -2.68885

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : Arts and Crafts

Site first created: 1894 to 1914

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

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