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Brief description of site

Riffhams has an early-19th-century landscape park of approximately 20 hectares including 10 hectares of parkland and gardens around the house. Features include a stream, dammed to create two lakes, which runs from east to west through the centre of the park.

Brief history of site

John Robert Spencer, who later changed his name to Phillips, inherited the estate in 1809. He chose to build a new mansion on a spectacular site about 600 metres to the south-west of the old one. The house was begun in 1815, and in the same year Humphry Repton was called in to give advice on the grounds.

Location information:

Address: Riffhams, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AX

Locality: Chelmsford

Local Authorities:

Essex; Chelmsford; Danbury

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 167 Grid Ref: TL771062
Latitude: 51.7266 Longitude: 0.56286

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1815

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 20

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