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Brief description of site

Woodhall Park is an 18th-century landscape park and woodland which originally covered about 200 hectares. There was further 19th-century development in the region of house. A garden of half a hectare was laid out by Brenda Colvin in 1958, beside the stables. Much of the parkland has now been returned to agriculture.

Brief history of site

The Boteler family acquired the manor of Watton in the 14th century, and later erected the brick building that was to remain the principal seat of the family until 1774. Sir Thomas Rumbold bought the estate around 1777. He demolished the remains of the house which had partly burnt out in 1771, building a new one designed by Thomas Leverton by around 1780. In 1782-3 an extensive planting programme was put in hand, together with the construction of the walled kitchen gardens. William Malcolm and Son probably laid out the landscape park which was developed at about this time, when the Broad Water lake was formed with ornamental features at both ends.

Location information:

Address: Woodhall Park, Watton-at-Stone, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 3NG

Locality: Hertford

Local Authorities:

Hertfordshire; East Hertfordshire; Watton-at-Stone

Historical County: Hertfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 166 Grid Ref: TL317185
Latitude: 51.8496 Longitude: -0.0893684


North of Hertford.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: school

Site first created: 1777 to 1783

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 150

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