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Brief description of site

Tackley Abbey has the remains of early formal water gardens, constructed in about 1620. The site covers approximately 2 hectares.

Brief history of site

John Harborne bought both the manors of Tackley, Hill Court (now known as Tackley Park) and Base Court (now known as Court Farm), in 1612. Around 1615 Harborne built a new manor house (now gone) together with attached terraced gardens on the east-facing hillside above, and a detached formal water garden. The water features and earthworks were cleared and restored in the 1960s by the then owner, Sir Harald Peake.

Location information:

Address: Tackley, Oxfordshire, OX5 3AL

Locality: Bicester

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; West Oxfordshire; Tackley

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 164 Grid Ref: SP480205
Latitude: 51.881 Longitude: -1.30408


10 miles north of Oxford off the A4260

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Plant type/environment: water garden

Site first created: 1615

Main period of development: Early 17th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2.2

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