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Brief description of site

Wrotham Park is a mid-18th century landscape park surrounding a house built in 1754 by Isaac Ware for Admiral John Byng. The house remains in private hands and is used for private functions. The park covers about 116 hectares, surrounded by 1000 hectares of farmland.

Brief history of site

Some 62.5 hectares of the Pinchbank estate were bought by Admiral John Byng in 1750. At this time the house had a walled garden laid out with a formal water feature. Byng built the present building on approximately the same site as the earlier house in the mid 1750s. Lancelot Brown was employed around 1765, with Samuel Lapidge as his surveyor, to work on the park. The pleasure grounds were laid out in the gardenesque style, possibly as early as 1820.

Location information:

Address: Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4SB

Locality: Potters Bar

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Barnet

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ248991
Latitude: 51.6768 Longitude: -0.196449


South-east of A1M/M25 junction 23.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: country house

Site first created: 1754

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 116

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