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Brief description of site

Rushton Hall has early 20th-century formal terraced gardens designed by Thomas Mawson. The house is currently (2008) a hotel and sits in wider parkland, under separate ownership, with features dating back to the 16th century and later. The 16th-century Triangular Lodge in the former parkland is owned by English Heritage and is open to the public.

Brief history of site

The park was enclosed in the late 16th-century by Sir Thomas Tresham. The Cullen family created extensive formal gardens during the 18th century, which may have been based on an earlier layout. They included walled gardens, a canal, a formal wilderness and a viewing mount. The designed landscape was made more informal during the 19th century. In the early 20th century Thomas Mawson was commissioned to design a formal garden, which followed the layout of the earlier garden. The estate was divided in the mid-20th century and Rushton Hall was a school for some time before becoming a hotel.

Location information:

Address: Rushton Hall, Desborough Road, Rushton, Northamptonshire, NN14 1RR

Locality: Kettering

Local Authorities:

Northamptonshire; Kettering; Rushton

Historical County: Northamptonshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 141 Grid Ref: SP836827
Latitude: 52.4359 Longitude: -0.771698

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The Triangular Lodge is open from 11 am, Thursdays to Sundays, between April and October. Other parts of the site may not be accessible.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: hotel

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 92

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