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Brief description of site

The Sarsden House estate includes gardens, pleasure grounds and a landscape park occupying about 115 hectares. Associated with the site is Sarsgrove House, about 1.5 kilometres north-east of Sarsden House, which was remodelled in 1825 by George Repton as a picturesque cottage orne. The adjacent site of Sarsden Glebe was also laid out for the same family, the rectory being designed by George Repton and the grounds by William Smith, a local surveyor.

Brief history of site

The house was rebuilt after a fire in 1689, and two engravings of 1695 depict the house and elaborate gardens surrounding it. John Haughton Langston inherited the estate in 1795, and commissioned Humphry Repton for proposals for the park and pleasure grounds. The proposals appear to have been largely carried out over a period of decades, Humphry Repton's son George Stanley being employed from around 1817 and during the 1820s to continue the improvements to the estate. In the 1950s many of the picturesque buildings were demolished.

Location information:

Address: Sarsden House, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6PP

Locality: Chipping Norton

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; West Oxfordshire; Sarsden

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 163 Grid Ref: SP289230
Latitude: 51.9048 Longitude: -1.58134

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: 1600 to 1829

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 115

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