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Brief description of site

Wotton Underwood is a mid-18th-century park, landscape and woodland. At its most extensive the grounds covered about 800 hectares. The land is now in divided use.

Brief history of site

A series of radial avenues was laid out by 1649. Between 1704 and 1714 Richard Grenville built a house on a new site, possibly about 300 metres south of the earlier manor house. The house was surrounded by formal garden enclosures, and Grenville seems to have laid out a landscape, possibly with the help of George London. Lancelot Brown worked at Wotton briefly in 1739-1740, and it is believed that Brown returned to Wotton over a number of years in the 1750s, during which time he landscaped the park. The landscape remained largely undisturbed after the mid-18th century.

Location information:

Address: Wotton Manor, Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0SB

Locality: Bicester

Local Authorities:

Buckinghamshire; Aylesbury Vale; Wotton Underwood

Historical County: Buckinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 165 Grid Ref: SP685162
Latitude: 51.8402 Longitude: -1.00715


South-east of Bicester, south of the A41.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: manor house

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 190

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