Mathern Palace, Chepstow, Wales
Record Id: 2241
This site is NOT open to public.
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.
Address: Mathern Palace, Mathern, near Chepstow, NP16 6JA
Historical County: Monmouthshire
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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
Owner: Philip and Helen Carter
CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales Grade II* Reference PGW(Gt) 35
Conservation Area Reference Mathern
house Created 1410 to 1914
The oldest parts of Mathern Palace date from the 15th century but it was much altered over succeeding centuries and declined into a farmhouse. It was remodelled in the early-20th century when some of the ruins were incorporated into the garden.
Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade I Reference Bishop's Palace
External web site link: http://mathernpalace.com/
People associated with this site
Creator: Henry Avray Tipping (born 1855 died 1933)
Feature created: 1894 to 1914
A large circular yew arbour planted by Tipping on one of the garden terraces.
A loggia with wooden supports and a paved area in front of it.
Two linear medieval fishponds which Tipping brought into the design. One has now been given an irregular outline.
Organisations associated with this site
Cadw Role: Designating Authority
Sources of information
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, 'Mathern Palace;Mathern House, Garden, Mathern', <http://www.coflein.gov.uk/pls/portal/coflein.w_details?inumlink=6063039> [accessed 1 October 2007]
Cadw and ICOMOS UK, 'Mathern Palace' in Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Gwent (Cardiff: Cadw, 1994), pp. 94-5