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Brief description of site

West Wycombe Park has an 18th-century rococo landscape garden of 18.5 hectares, situated within a larger landscape park occupying about 135 hectares. The gardens are associated with an agricultural estate of about 2000 hectares, which is now in separate ownership.

Brief history of site

The Dashwoods acquired the manor of West Wycombe in 1698. Replacing the 17th century manor house near the village, Sir Francis Dashwood built the core of the current house about 1710-1715. His son effected a complete transformation of the house and estate between 1735 and 1781 when he died, leaving it largely as it is today. The succeeding Dashwoods did not materially alter the house or the landscape except for necessary replanting and the restoration of some buildings. Humphry Repton advised in the 1790s, and seems to have removed some garden buildings.

Location information:

Address: West Wycombe Park, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3AJ

Locality: High Wycombe

Local Authorities:

Buckinghamshire; Wycombe; West Wycombe

Historical County: Buckinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 165 Grid Ref: SU829943
Latitude: 51.6414 Longitude: -0.803396


2 miles west of High Wycombe, on the south side of the Oxford road.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The grounds are open from April to August from 2 - 6 pm. It is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Visitor information:

Free parking. Limited disabled access. No dogs. No picnics.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: 1710 to 1781

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 135

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