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Brief description of site

Shrubland Park has elaborate and extensive Italianate terraced gardens and pleasure grounds of 25 hectares, set within parkland of 175 hectares.

Brief history of site

The Shrubland estate is thought to have originated with the building of the Old Hall by the Booth family in the early 16th century. Sir William Middleton purchased Shrubland in 1788 and the same year commissioned Humphry Repton (1752-1818) to suggest improvements, some of which were carried out. The terraced gardens were laid out by Charles Barry between 1848 and 1852, based upon an 1830 plan by J.P. Gandy-Deering. It was modified by William Robinson in 1888.

Location information:

Address: Needham Market, IP6 9QJ

Locality: Ipswich

Local Authorities:

Suffolk; Mid Suffolk; Barham

Historical County: Suffolk

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 156 Grid Ref: TM126525
Latitude: 52.1299 Longitude: 1.10471

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : Italianate garden

Site first created: 1848 to 1852

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 25

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