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Brief description of site

Stourhead is an 18th-century landscape garden, with a lake and woodland of 16 hectares, set within a larger estate of park, wood and farmland. The lake is surrounded by a series of classical temples and follies.

Brief history of site

There was a park at Stourton during the 15th and 16th centuries. Henry Hoare replaced the previous house with a Palladian-style country house designed by Colen Campbell in about 1721-4. To the east of the new house was a railed forecourt with an oval lawn, and walled gardens were laid out to its south. The landscape was developed between 1741 and 1780 by Henry Hoare II. The estate was given to the National Trust in 1946.

Location information:

Address: Stourton, BA12 6QD

Locality: Warminster

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Stourton with

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 183 Grid Ref: ST780340
Latitude: 51.1049 Longitude: -2.3156


The site is 8 miles south of Frome on the A361.

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Key information:

Form of site: landscape garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: mansion house

Site Style : Classical landscape

Site first created: 1721 to 1780

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 331

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