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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.

Location information:

Address: Somerleyton, NR31 9HA

Locality: Lowestoft

Local Authorities:

Suffolk; Waveney; Somerleyton,

Historical County: Suffolk

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 134 Grid Ref: TM492978
Latitude: 52.521 Longitude: 1.67189

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open between April and October. Opening days and times vary. Please see:

Key information:

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

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 89

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