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Brief description of site

The extensive formal gardens at Apethorpe Hall consist of early-20th-century terracing and topiary designed by Reginald Blomfield, overlaying a structure of garden compartments created in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Brief history of site

Gardens were created in the 16th and 17th centuries, but the first depiction of the layout in plan form appears to be an early-19th-century copy of an undated early-18th-century map. A formal layout included a bowling green centred on the main range of the south front, leading via steps up to a broad formal walk flanked by statues and yew trees. Further work on the Hall, and possibly the grounds, occurred around 1740. Following the purchase of the estate in 1904 by Baron Brassey, the gardens and parts of the Hall were remodelled by Reginald Blomfield. Blomfield created features within the extant garden compartments, including many terraces and formal changes of level linked by steps.

Location information:

Address: Apethorpe Hall, near Stamford, Northamptonshire, PE8 5AQ

Locality: Oundle

Local Authorities:

Northamptonshire; East Northamptonshire; Apethorpe

Historical County: Northamptonshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 141 Grid Ref: TL022953
Latitude: 52.546 Longitude: -0.494328

Key information:

Form of site: terraced garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : formal

Site first created: After 1500

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 18

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