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Brief description of site

Ragley Hall is situated within an 18th-century landscape park by Lancelot Brown, covering about 340 hectares. Late-19th-century formal gardens by Robert Marnock lie adjacent to the Hall. Features include formal gardens, a rose garden and a woodland walk.

Brief history of site

In 1370 John Rous was granted a licence to crenellate his manor house at Ragley. This fortified manor was re-built in the late 17th century. The new house was designed by Roger or William Hurlbut, with improvements suggested by the scientist and amateur architect Robert Hooke in 1678. An illustration of 1707 shows formal gardens and parterres, and avenues stretching through surrounding parkland. The house and gardens were left unfinished in 1683. The Earl of Hertford completed the interior of the house after 1750, and commissioned Lancelot Brown to improve the park. After 1870, the fifth Marquess renovated Ragley, commissioning garden plans from Robert Marnock.

Location information:

Address: Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5NJ

Locality: Alcester

Local Authorities:

Warwickshire; Stratford-on-Avon; Alcester

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 150 Grid Ref: SP072 555
Latitude: 52.1977 Longitude: -1.89608


South of the A422, 2 miles south-west of Alcester.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open between February and October, daily in peak season but with more restricted hours at other times. Please see:

Visitor information:

Parking. Refreshments. WCs. Disabled access. Dogs on woodland walk only.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: After 1667

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 340

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