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The park of the Rocks occupies an area that can usefully be divided into two sections. To the east of the house is an area of fairly level downland, now used for pasture farming. Immediately to the west of the house is a sheer rock face and beyond that a deep valley, now heavily wooded. This dramatic rock face and steep valley provided the picturesque setting for the 19th century garden at the Rocks. A pond was sited under the brow of the rock face, and natural issues of water were channelled through down the slope. This area is now covered with dense vegetation, and the garden features are almost hidden beneath the undergrowth.

Some of the former outbuildings of the Rocks are now being restored. They are surrounded by grassland.

The former park of the Rocks is now split into several different occupancies, and much of the land is now used for different purposes. The main house was demolished in 1957, and its site is marked by the presence of a large group of ruinous remains and outbuildings. Some of these are now being restored. Any garden features which did exist in the immediate vicinity of the house have been destroyed.

A large area of the park is now used for commercial forestry, and is covered in dense plantations of young conifers. These are interspersed with surviving native trees. This area includes several of the 19th century garden features, all very much decayed and overgrown.

The rest of the former parkland at the Rocks is now used for pasture farming. Isolated features still survive in a more or less decayed state. An avenue of limes that flanked the main entrance to the house still exist in vestigial form, and the gates to the park still stand.

Site designation(s)

The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building Grade II Reference The Rocks house, now demolished

Principal building:

Mansion House Created 1600 to 1699

The 17th-century mansion house was gothicised in the 19th century. The house was demolished in 1957.

Designation status: The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building Grade II


Terrain: Flat land overlooking a deep valley.