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Brief description of site

Petworth House has a 16th- and 17th-century park and ornamental pleasure grounds, which were both landscaped by Lancelot Brown between 1752 and 1756. The landscape features in many works by Turner.

Brief history of site

Elaborate Elizabethan gardens were laid out around the house in the late-16th century. In 1688, the sixth Duke of Somerset began rebuilding Petworth House and engaged George London to create formal gardens on its north side. Lancelot Brown drew up designs and carried out extensive works in the park and gardens between 1751 and 1763. Anthony Salvin was employed in 1869 to make further alterations to the house and grounds.

Location information:

Address: North Street, Petworth, GU28 0AE

Locality: West Sussex

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; Petworth

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU976219
Latitude: 50.9882 Longitude: -0.610822

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Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: 1550 to 1763

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 294

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