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Brief description of site

Welbeck Abbey has a late-18th century landscape park with woodland. The site occupies about 1140 hectares. There are extensive 19th and 20th-century formal gardens in the vicinity of the house.

Brief history of site

Welbeck Abbey, a Premonstratensian foundation, was established in 1153-4 by Thomas de Cuckney. Some developments took place under private ownership after the Dissolution. Designs by William Talman and Sir John Vanbrugh were discussed in 1703 but nothing was built. Building work was carried out in the early 1760s and late 1770s by John Carr of York, including a chapel in 1763. Humphry Repton produced Red Books in 1790, 1793, and 1803 for the third Duke, William Henry Cavendish Bentinck. Alfred Parsons and Walter Partridge worked on the gardens from 1899 to 1905.

Location information:

Address: Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LZ

Locality: Nottinghamshire

Local Authorities:

Nottinghamshire; Bassetlaw; Welbeck

Historical County: Nottinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 120 Grid Ref: SK 563 742
Latitude: 53.2618 Longitude: -1.15744

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: country house

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 1140

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