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Brief description of site

Wardour Castle has a park and pleasure grounds surrounding an 18th-century country house, which includes the remains of a late medieval castle and is set within a medieval deer park. The landscape includes work by Richard Woods dating from the 1760s and early 1770s.

Brief history of site

A new house was built immediately to the south of the castle ruin in 1686. This was surrounded by formal gardens with the Castle ruin as a picturesque centrepiece. Richard Woods worked on the site between 1764 and 1772. A new house was built by James Paine in the 1770s. Lancelot Brown gave design advice on two occasions, in the 1750s and 1770s, although his proposals of the 1770s appear not to have been carried out.

Location information:

Address: Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6RR

Locality: Shaftesbury

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Tisbury

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 184 Grid Ref: ST938263
Latitude: 51.036 Longitude: -2.0898

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open from 10 until 5 between March and October.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: castle

Site first created: 1686 to 1764

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 342

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