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Brief description of site

Sandbeck Park and Roche Abbey have gardens, pleasure grounds and a landscape park. The pleasure grounds at Sandbeck cover around 9 hectares within a park of some 250 hectares. Roche Abbey is a site of some 23 hectares.

Brief history of site

The Cistercian monastery of Roche Abbey was founded in 1147. Sandbeck was granted to the abbey in 1241. A Royal licence to impark about 150 hectares of the Sandbeck estate was granted in 1637. Work was undertaken by Capability Brown between 1760 and 1781, and by James Paine. There was further work in the 19th century and in 1908. The site remains in private ownership, with the Abbey ruins under the guardianship of English Heritage.

Location information:

Address: Maltby, S66 8NW

Locality: South Yorkshire

Local Authorities:

South Yorkshire; Rotherham; Maltby

Historical County: Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 111 Grid Ref: SK544898
Latitude: 53.4022 Longitude: -1.18325


The site is off the A634, south of Maltby.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Roche Abbey is open between March and September on Thursday-Sunday and bank holidays. Sandbeck Park, however, is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: heritage site

Site first created: After 1147

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 273

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