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Brief history of site

The site was formerly the property of the Abbot of Malmesbury. The manor house, farm and considerable surrounding area was given by Henry VIII in 1543 to Richard Moody. Subsequently it was owned by various members of the gentry and aristocracy, including members of the Washington family. The date of creation of the garden is unknown, but the plan shows it in essentially its present form in 1720.

Location information:

Address: Garsdon, Malmesbury, SN16 9NJ

Locality: Malmesbury

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Malmesbury

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 173 Grid Ref: ST968878
Latitude: 51.589 Longitude: -2.04759

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: domestic / residential

Site first created: Before 1720

Main period of development: 16th century

Survival: Extant

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