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Stoke Park, Stapleton, formal gardens


Brief description of site

This is a park of 140 hectares laid out by Thomas Wright in the 1750s and 1760s around a country house. Stoke Park is of considerable interest as the best documented and most complete surviving landscape design by Thomas Wright. The parkland and woodland have recently undergone partial restoration as public open space.

Brief history of site

Stoke Park House was built in 1563 by Sir Richard Berkeley, and the estate passed through several generations of the family. Lord Botetourt (1717-70) remodelled the house and established the current structure of the landscape with the assistance of Thomas Wright of Durham. From 1908 the House, by then known as the Dower House, became the focus of the Stoke Park Colony for the treatment of the mentally handicapped. Stoke Park was taken over by the NHS in 1948.

Location information:

Address: Stoke Lane, BS16 1WL

Locality: Bristol

Local Authorities:

South Gloucestershire; Stoke Gifford

Historical County: Gloucestershire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST614767
Latitude: 51.4879 Longitude: -2.55732

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is redundant hospital land but is crossed by a number of public footpaths.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: hospital

Site Style : Picturesque

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 140

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