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Brief description of site

Wivenhoe House has a 34 hectare landscape park established on the site of a former deer park between 1776 and 1780 by Richard Woods. The gardens around the house were laid out in the late-1840s by W A Nesfield. The western half of the park now has an extensive range of university buildings. The house was converted into a conference centre in 1977.

Brief history of site

In 1758 Issac Martin Rebow commissioned Thomas Reynolds to design the house and seven years later employed the landscaper Richard Woods to design a new park, the laying out of which did not commence until 1776. John Gurdon commissioned the architect Thomas Hopper to remodel the house in 1846 and William Andrews Nesfield to advise on the planting of the park and the flower garden.

Location information:

Address: Wivenhoe House, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Locality: Colchester

Local Authorities:

Essex; Colchester; Wivenhoe

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 168 Grid Ref: TM031241
Latitude: 51.8785 Longitude: 0.949294

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Essex University Colchester campus.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: university

Site first created: 1776 to 1780

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 34

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