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Brief description of site

Oakwood is an early picturesque garden on a hanging site overlooking a valley and Smallcombe Wood. It was laid out by the painter Benjamin Barker, 'the English Poussin'.

Brief history of site

The house was built by the artist Benjamin Barker around 1815. It was built as a venue to display his work, and he is thought to have lived there from 1819 to 1826. The villa was extended a number of times in the later 19th century, and was converted into a Salvation Army nursing home in 1928. It was re-converted to a private house in the early-1990s.

Location information:

Address: Bathwick Hill, BA2 6EJ

Locality: Bath

Local Authorities:

Bath and North East Somerset; Bathwick

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST767644
Latitude: 51.3782 Longitude: -2.33616

Key information:

Form of site: terraced garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : Picturesque

Site first created: 1815

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 3.4

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