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Brief description of site

Tortworth Park has pleasure grounds and a park of 154 hectares, set around a country house. The site includes terraced gardens laid out to the designs of Samuel Teulon in the 1840s, a walled kitchen garden and an arboretum.

Brief history of site

Sir Robert Ducie bought the manor of Tortworth in 1610. The manor had a 16th-century house, with which a medieval park and coney ground were associated. In 1661 Sir Robert's grandson, William, obtained a licence to enclose Tortworth and Cromhall Parks and for over a century the two parks existed side by side. In 1848 the second Earl of Ducie abandoned the old-fashioned, low-lying Old Court and commissioned from Samuel Sanders Teulon a design for a new house, Tortworth Court. Much ornamental planting was undertaken by the third Earl after 1853. By 1921, when the third Earl died, the arboretum was widely admired for its collection.

Location information:

Address: Tortworth, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8BT

Locality: Whitfield

Local Authorities:

South Gloucestershire; Tortworth

Historical County: Gloucestershire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST694925
Latitude: 51.6305 Longitude: -2.44349

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: hotel

Site first created: 1849 to 1853

Main period of development: 17th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 154

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