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Brief description of site

The remains of an 18th-century landscape park created about 1780 on an earlier site. There is also 19th-century planting. The site is now in divided use and ownership, with a central park and garden area of 13 hectares, and adjacent areas of park to the north and south of about 42 hectares.

Brief history of site

An Augustinian priory existed on the site from about 1200. The priory was closed in 1478. A painting of 1744 shows a terrace on the south front leading down to several rectangular canals in the area which is now the south park. After 1775, James Wyatt was commissioned to make changes to the house, and Lancelot Brown provided plans for the park and garden in 1781. In 1947 the estate was sold in separate lots and remains in divided ownership, the house being used as a girls' day school.

Location information:

Address: St Gabriel's School, Sandleford Priory, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9BD

Locality: Newbury

Local Authorities:

West Berkshire; Greenham

Historical County: Berkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 174 Grid Ref: SU477645
Latitude: 51.3776 Longitude: -1.31605

Directions:

Situated on the A34 2 miles south of Newbury.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: school

Site first created: After 1200

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 55

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