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Brief description of site

Benham Park is a late-18th-century landscape park, designed in 1775 by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. It covers approximately 150 hectares. The northern half of the park slopes down from the north boundary, with the house sited part way down the slope, overlooking the valley of the River Kennet to the south at the bottom of the slope.

Brief history of site

The sixth Lord Craven built Benham Place in the 1770s, employing Henry Holland as his architect, newly entered into partnership in 1772 with Lancelot Brown who laid out the grounds. In the late-19th century a formal, terraced layout was created within the gardens, possibly by William Andrews Nesfield.

Location information:

Address: Benham Park, Marsh Benham, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8LQ

Locality: Newbury

Local Authorities:

West Berkshire; Speen

Historical County: Berkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 174 Grid Ref: SU437675
Latitude: 51.4049 Longitude: -1.37314


Near Stockcross, west of Newbury, west of the A34 and south of the A4.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: commercial office

Site first created: 1775

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 150

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