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Brief description of site

Widcombe Manor has a garden terrace and landscape dating from the 18th century. It was extensively developed in the 1930s. Features include a summerhouse, a forecourt and a fountain.

Brief history of site

The present garden may occupy land formerly part of the priors' deer park, while the house is built on the site of a former large farm or manor house probably dating from medieval times. Between 1727 and 1730 Philip Bennet rebuilt the house and laid out a small landscape garden. Little was changed in the designed landscape during the 18th century after its initial construction phase. Horace Annesley Vachell bought the estate in 1927 and made significant alterations to the garden layout near the house, advised by Harold Peto.

Location information:

Address: Widcombe Manor, Church Street, Widcombe, BA2 6AZ

Locality: Bath

Local Authorities:

Bath and North East Somerset; Widcombe

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST759639
Latitude: 51.3736 Longitude: -2.34762

Key information:

Form of site: terraced garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: manor house

Site first created: 1727 to 1730

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 3.5

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