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Brief description of site

Originating as a medieval priory, Wroxall Abbey has a park occupying about 115 hectares with late-17th-century formal avenues surviving. The house was at that time the residence of Sir Christopher Wren. The present house is 19th century, surrounded by gardens covering about 11 hectares, which were largely redesigned in the 19th century. Only the 14th century church survives from the priory.

Brief history of site

A Benedictine nunnery was founded at Wroxall in about 1146 by Hugh fitz Richard of Hatton. The priory was dissolved in 1536. Around 1660 roughly 25 hectares were imparked around the manor house. In 1713, the estate was sold to Sir Christopher Wren. Christopher Roberts Wren made improvements to the house and gardens between 1812 and his death in 1828. After 1861, the 16th-century house was demolished and in 1866-8 a new mansion was built on a site to the west of the medieval church, accompanied by new formal gardens and pleasure grounds.

Location information:

Address: Wroxall Abbey, Wroxall, Warwickshire, CV35 7NB

Locality: Warwick

Local Authorities:

Warwickshire; Warwick; Warwick

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 151 Grid Ref: SP221 707
Latitude: 52.334 Longitude: -1.67709


West of the A4177 to the north-east of Warwick.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: commercial

Site first created: 1660

Main period of development: 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 115

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