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Brief description of site

Wollaton Hall is now the Nottingham Natural History Museum and the attached landscape park is a public park. There are also formal gardens close to the hall. The site is owned by Nottingham City Council which is restoring the site. The site is designated under the Reservoirs Act.

Brief history of site

The park was enclosed for deer and wild white cattle between 1492 and 1510. A large number of garden and park buildings were built in the latter half of the 18th and early years of the 19th century, and considerable expense was lavished on improvements to the park. The formal gardens were created in the 19th century. The 11th Lord Middleton sold the estate to the Corporation of Nottingham in 1924-25. Part of the estate was sold off for housing development, whilst the rest was split between a public park and a golf course. The public park was opened in 1926.

Location information:

Address: Wollaton Hall, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 2AE

Locality: Nottingham

Local Authorities:

Nottingham; Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey

Historical County: Nottinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 129 Grid Ref: SK 531 392
Latitude: 52.9476 Longitude: -1.21119

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily, except for during the Christmas break. The park opens at 8 am during the week and 9 am at weekends.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: museum

Site first created: 1926

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 203

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