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Brief description of site

Aldermaston Court has the remnants of mid- and late-19th century gardens within medieval parkland. At its most extensive the garden covered about 250 hectares, but is now reduced to 55 hectares. The garden features topiary and shrubs including rhododendrons within a wooded landscape park. The site has been considerably changed by extensive mid- and later-20th century building.

Brief history of site

Aldermaston Park was first mentioned in 1299, continuing in use as a deer park into the 17th century (Victoria County History 1923). In 1636 Sir Humphrey Forster rebuilt Aldermaston manor house. In 1843 the house was largely burnt out. The house was re-built to the south of the old one after 1849. It is now a hotel and conference centre.

Location information:

Address: Aldermaston Manor, Aldermaston Park, Church Road, Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 4HX

Locality: Berkshire

Local Authorities:

West Berkshire; Aldermaston

Historical County: Berkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 174 Grid Ref: SU595648
Latitude: 51.3791 Longitude: -1.14647

Directions:

Off the A339 west of Reading

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: hotel

Site Style : English landscape garden

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 55

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