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The principal interest of the site is that it is a very fine example of picturesque village design. Crucial to the design are the individual cottage gardens and the green.

On leaving the main road one walks down a short curving path and comes out onto the green. Nine cottages are grouped around the green. One is a double cottage and so in all there are ten dwellings. The cottages border the green at apparently random angles, though in fact they are artfully and carefully placed.

There is an oval-shaped path around the edge of the green which links the cottages. The focal point of the green is the sundial. Each cottage has its own private garden.

The site is bounded to the south and the east by a high wall and to the north by open fields. The west side is slightly overlooked by a modern housing estate. Nash's original intention of rustic seclusion has not remained intact. Nevertheless, the site today does closely resemble his original conception.

The site is well-maintained by the National Trust.

Owner: The National Trust

Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon

Site designation(s)

Conservation Area Reference Henbury

The National Heritage List for England: Register of Parks and Gardens Grade II* Reference GD1551

Principal building:

Cottages Created 1809 to 1812 by John Nash

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