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Brief description of site

The site has landscaped pleasure grounds and parkland laid out in 1815 by Humphry and J. A. Repton. The grounds surround the 17th-century house. The gardens were laid out for the 5th Earl de La Warr. The site sits on an elevated position which was the site of an 11th-century castle, with partial remains of the earlier landscape evident. The garden features a raised 'Yew Walk', a Victorian formal garden, semi-improved grassland and mature trees.

Brief history of site

The present Hall at Bourn was built in about 1602 for John Hagar, occupying the site of an 11th century castle, the remains of which survive in the park. The house was re-modelled after 1733, then in 1817 John Adey Repton was commissioned to restore and enlarge the Hall. Together with his father Humphry Repton, he probably also advised on the layout of the grounds. A picturesque landscape and ornamental garden was created in the grounds. Alterations to the Hall were undetaken at the end of the 19th century by the architect Norman Shaw. In 1979 the Hall and park were sold separately, the Hall and its gardens being established by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards as an infertility clinic, in which use it remains.

Location information:

Address: Bourn Hall, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2TN

Locality: Cambridge

Local Authorities:

Cambridgeshire; South Cambridgeshire; Bourn

Historical County: Cambridgeshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 154 Grid Ref: TL32305619
Latitude: 52.1881 Longitude: -0.0661107

Key information:

Form of site: estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: Before 1099

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 12

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