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Brief description of site

Milton Abbey is an 18th-century landscape park, which covered 300 hectares at its most extensive. The estate was divided in 1933, leaving a central area of landscape park around Milton Abbey of about 35 hectares.

Brief history of site

Milton Abbey dates mainly from the 14th century. Milton Abbey House was built from 1771. Gardening and landscape activity at Milton Abbey is uncertain before the mid-18th century. Capability Brown was called in by the first Lord Milton in 1763, and continued to work there until at least 1782.

Location information:

Address: Milton Abbey, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 OBZ

Locality: Dorset

Local Authorities:

Dorset; North Dorset; Milton Abbas

Historical County: Dorset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 194 Grid Ref: ST798023
Latitude: 50.8199 Longitude: -2.28813

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The church is open daily from 10am to 5pm and there are a number of public footpaths from which the landscape can be viewed. Milton Abbey School, however, which shares the site, is not open to the public.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: school

Site first created: After 1763

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 35

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