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Brief description of site

Melton Constable Hall had a medieval deer park, which was landscaped between 1764 and 1769 by Lancelot Brown. The park contains a temple and various follies, rhododendrons, firs and oaks. The landscape is now in divided use.

Brief history of site

The park was enclosed in 1290, and a medieval manor house was built between 1670 and 1687. By 1707, a large and complex formal garden had been laid out, with avenues radiating out into the surrounding landscape. A more open landscape was laid out from the 1730s. In 1764 Sir Edward Astley employed Lancelot Brown to improve the park. An extensive eastern range was added to the Hall in the early years of the 19th century, west and east lodges were built, and an arboretum established in an oval surrounding the kitchen garden, stables, and offices.

Location information:

Address: Melton Constable, Fakenham, Norwich, NR24 2NQ

Locality: Fakenham

Local Authorities:

Norfolk; North Norfolk; Melton Constable

Historical County: Norfolk

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 133 Grid Ref: TG031319
Latitude: 52.8463 Longitude: 1.0145

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1290

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 180

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