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Brief description of site

Thame Park was developed on the site of a former Cistercian Abbey. The grounds now consist of 198 hectares of landscape park, with 12 hectares of gardens and a boating lake.

Brief history of site

Thame Abbey, an important Cistercian abbey founded around 1140 on the site of the present house, was acquired in 1547 by Sir John Williams. Most of the buildings were demolished, but the 15th/16th-century Abbot's Lodgings remain as the south wing, together with the kitchen wing to the north. The sixth Viscount Wenman added a Palladian west wing in the late-1740s. The park was probably laid out in the mid- to late-18th century, seemingly covering part of an earlier park.

Location information:

Address: Thame Park, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3PU

Locality: Oxfordshire

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; South Oxfordshire; Thame

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 165 Grid Ref: SP716037
Latitude: 51.7275 Longitude: -0.964738

Directions:

14 miles east of Oxford

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 210

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