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Brief description of site

Burton Pynsent has landscaped pleasure grounds and a park of around 98 hectares. It was laid out mainly around 1765 by Capability Brown with William Pitt, Earl of Chatham.

Brief history of site

Marmaduke Jennings probably began building the house around 1565. The estate was left to the politician William Pitt, who inherited in 1765. He commissioned Lancelot Brown to design a column commemorating Sir William Pynsent's benefaction. The landscape was further improved in the late-18th century. The estate was offered for sale in lots in 1805. The house and park were eventually sold to Col Pinney who demolished all but the mid-18th-century wing of the house. In 1909 it was sold to Mrs Crossley, a relation by marriage of Harold Peto. Peto was commissioned to lay out formal gardens to the east and west of the 18th-century house, which was also provided with a new entrance front to the south-west.

Location information:

Address: Curry Rivel, TA10 0PE

Locality: Yeovil

Local Authorities:

Somerset; South Somerset; Curry Rivel

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 193 Grid Ref: ST372245
Latitude: 51.0164 Longitude: -2.89665

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1565 to 1765

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 98

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