Somerleyton Hall, Lowestoft, England
Record Id: 3006
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Brief description of site
Somerleyton Hall has formal gardens and pleasure grounds laid out between 1844 and 1862 for Sir Samuel Morton Peto. The grounds contain a maze designed by William Andrews Nesfield and walled gardens attributed to Joseph Paxton. The model estate village of Somerleyton sits immediately beyond the south-west edge of the park.
Brief history of site
It was sometime during the first half of the 17th century that the Wentworths constructed a mansion house at Somerleyton and surrounded it with innovative gardens: a geometric 'Great Garden'; an orchard, the Firrendale Yard; and most remarkably, an irregular 'wilderness' garden. . Very little documentary evidence survives to record what happened to the estate between the late 17th and late 18th century. In 1844 Sir Samuel Morton Peto purchased Somerleyton and he began an extensive phase of rebuilding and remodelling.
Address: Somerleyton, NR31 9HA
Suffolk; Waveney; Somerleyton,
Historical County: Suffolk
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Form of site: formal garden
Purpose of site: pleasure ground
Context or principal building: house
Site first created: 1600 to 1650
Main period of development: Mid 19th century
Site Size (Hectares): 89