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This site has the following component area(s):

Wimpole Hall, kitchen garden

Wimpole Hall, the park

Wimpole Hall, Victorian parterre

Wimpole Hall, home farm

Wimpole Hall, National Plant Collection of Juglans

Wimpole Hall, West garden and Dutch garden


Brief description of site

The estate and parkland that surrounds Wimpole Hall is an overlay of the work of some of the most prominent 18th and 19th century landscape designers and gardeners. The house was built in 1640 and replaced an earlier moated manor house. The gardens were developed by Charles Bridgeman, Robert Greening, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and Humphry Repton. The gardens feature a wide variety of separate areas reflecting the work of the many designers involved with the creation of the landscape. The site includes a lake, folly, walled garden and Chinese bridge in over 200 hectares of designed landscape.

Brief history of site

A deer park was created on the site in the 14th century. The site as it appears today began in about 1640 when Thomas Chicheley began to build a new hall. The new house was surrounded with a formal garden and an architectural landscape. Charles Bridgeman prepared a grand landscape scheme after 1713. In about 1750, Robert Greening began the process of removing the formal landscape, replacing straight walks and parterres with sweeping lawns and a pleasure garden near the hall and softening the formal planting in the park. The park was then re-designed by Lancelot Brown after 1760. This work was consolidated by William Emes after 1790.

Location information:

Address: Arrington, Royston, SG8 0BW

Locality: Cambridge

Local Authorities:

Cambridgeshire; South Cambridgeshire; Wimpole

Historical County: Cambridgeshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 154 Grid Ref: TL335509
Latitude: 52.1403 Longitude: -0.0506464

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open daily throughout the year. The gardens are open daily from 10.30 between February and October, with more restricted opening in the winter months.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1640

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 200

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