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Brief description of site

Moor Park has the remains of an 18th-century landscape park which at its most extensive covered about 240 hectares. It now includes two golf courses, with the remains of 19th/early-20th century formal gardens of 3 hectares. There has also been building development along the boundaries and in the south-east quarter of the estate.

Brief history of site

George Nevill, Archbishop of York, had enclosed about 270 hectares as a deer park before the 1480s. The estate later belonged to Cardinal Wolsey, and was afterwards occupied by Catherine of Aragon. From 1617 to 1627 Lucy Harington, Countess of Bedford created a renowned garden on the site. A new house was built some distance south-west of the earlier mansion in the late 17th century by the Duke of Monmouth. The house was re-built after 1720 and Charles Bridgeman drew plans for the gardens. Lancelot Brown was employed from 1753 to carry out extensive works, including remodelling the pleasure grounds.

Location information:

Address: Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1QN

Locality: Hertfordshire

Local Authorities:

Hertfordshire; Three Rivers; Rickmansworth

Historical County: Hertfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 166 Grid Ref: TQ074932
Latitude: 51.6274 Longitude: -0.449804


Two miles from the M25 J18. 1.5 miles south east, off the A4145

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Please see or telephone 01923 773146

Visitor information:

A golf club with 2 courses, open to the public for golf, weddings and functions. Check for access to the garden/grounds.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: golf course

Context or principal building: golf course

Site first created: Before 1480

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 115

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