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Brief description of site

Originating in the medieval period, the estate was laid out as a landscape park with woodland in the mid-18th century. The site covers about 200 hectares, and now contains two golf courses.

Brief history of site

In 1700 the Brocket estate was described thus: 'Brocket Hall was the ancient seat of the Brockets situated upon a dry hill in a fair park, well wooded and greatly timber'd enclosed with a brick wall on the west side of the road for the length of a mile and plentifully watered with the River Lea' (Chauncy 1700). From 1760, the hall was re-built by James Paine. Richard Woods was employed from 1770 to improve the setting of Paine's Hall within the park.

Location information:

Address: Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL8 7XG

Locality: Welwyn

Local Authorities:

Hertfordshire; Welwyn Hatfield; Hatfield

Historical County: Hertfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 166 Grid Ref: TL214130
Latitude: 51.8025 Longitude: -0.240752


West of Welwyn, north of the B653

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Visitor information:

Hotel, restaurant, conference venue, golf course. It may be possible to visit the gardens by arrangement - please telephone.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: golf course

Context or principal building: hotel

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: Before 1700

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 200

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