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This 16th-century house for Sir Robert Cotton (1586-1631) stood in parkland with an entrance lodge and gates along the Great North Road. It was visited by Ben Jonson who described the house as ‘one of his favourite country houses’. Between 1803 and 1815 the Castle was restored by Cockerell and the grounds laid out by Lapidge (a draughtsman employed by ‘Capability’ Brown).

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Designer: Samuel Lapidge (born 1740 died 1806)

Features

ornamental bridge

Feature created: 1500 to 1803

stable block

Feature created: 1500 to 1803

garden wall

Feature created: 1500 to 1599

gate lodge

Feature created: 1500 to 1599

icehouse

Feature created: 1500 to 1803

summerhouse

Feature created: 1798

lawn

Feature created: 1803 to 1815

shrubbery

Feature created: 1500 to 1803

kitchen garden

Feature created: 1500 to 1599

The kitchen garden was destroyed in the late-20th century.

drive

Feature created: 1500 to 1599

walk

Feature created: 1500 to 1599

fishpond

Feature created: 1798

The fishpond was destroyed in the late-20th century.