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Brief description of site

Nuneham Courtenay has a garden situated within about 470 hectares of landscape park, laid out in 1756 and re-designed between 1779 and 1782 by Lancelot Brown. The gardens and pleasure grounds directly associated with the house occupy about 22 hectares. Various developments had taken place before the gardens were restored in the late-20th century.

Brief history of site

The Palladian villa was constructed in 1756 and later greatly extended. Landscape improvements accompanied the construction of the villa, including the removal and resiting of a village. The medieval church was replaced in 1764 by Athenian Stuart's classical church-temple. Further developments were undertaken: in 1771 by William Mason; 1779-82 by Capability Brown; and 1832 by W S Gilpin. In Edwardian times the Mason garden was refurbished, and elaborate formal terraced gardens were constructed under the west front. These were mostly removed in the late-20th century.

Location information:

Address: Nuneham Park, Nuneham Courtnay, Oxfordshire, OX44 9PG

Locality: Oxford

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; South Oxfordshire; Nuneham Courtenay

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 164 Grid Ref: SU544983
Latitude: 51.6808 Longitude: -1.21458


5 miles south-east of Oxford

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1756

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 470

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