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Brief description of site

Formal gardens were first laid out at Upton House in the early-18th century, and substantially added to in the 1930s by Morley Horder, architect, and Kitty Lloyd Jones, garden designer, for Lord Bearsted. The gardens occupy an area of about 12 hectares within an 18th-century landscape park of about 80 hectares. The gardens house the National Collection of asters.

Brief history of site

By 1500, the small medieval village had been enclosed for sheep farming, and the houses demolished. Sir William Danvers built a substantial house on the site soon after. This house was rebuilt after 1688, completing the core of the present house by 1695. Formal gardens were created at the same time. After 1732, additions were made to the house, and the park was developed with the advice of Sanderson Miller. For much of the 19th century the estate was let. Lord Bearsted commissioned Percy Morley Horder to remodel the house in 1927-9, and make improvements to the gardens. Further changes were made under the supervision of Kitty Lloyd Jones.

Location information:

Address: Upton House, Upton, Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 6HT

Locality: Banbury

Local Authorities:

Warwickshire; Stratford-on-Avon; Ratley and Upton

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 151 Grid Ref: SP371 455
Latitude: 52.1066 Longitude: -1.45972


South of the A422 near Edge Hill, to the north-west of Banbury.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open between March and October from 11 am until 5 pm. It is closed on Thursdays and Fridays early in the season, then only closed on Thursdays throughout the summer.

Visitor information:

Parking, WCs, refreshments, shop. Some disabled access.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 92

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