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Brief description of site

The site includes formal gardens and a landscape park within an extensive estate. The original park was enclosed soon after 1066, and the present house was built in 1564. The park was landscaped from 1761 onwards by Capability Brown, retaining some 17th-century features within a serpentine park. A Victorian garden was constructed about 1860 by Matthew Digby Wyatt. There is also a terraced garden, and an Italian garden with parterres, topiary and urns. The gardens and close park cover about 80 hectares within an estate of more than 1000 hectares.

Brief history of site

Licence to crenelate was granted in 1306. A significant building campaign was undertaken at the site from 1574, and again after 1610. The park was improved by Lancelot Brown in 1761. The extensive formal gardens at Castle Ashby were laid out in the years following 1862 and several of the structures were designed by Matthew Digby Wyatt.

Location information:

Address: Castle Ashby House, Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire, NN7 1LQ

Locality: Northampton

Local Authorities:

Northamptonshire; South Northamptonshire; Castle Ashby

Historical County: Northamptonshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 152 Grid Ref: SP864593
Latitude: 52.2251 Longitude: -0.736528


5 miles east of Northampton, north of the A428.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Gardens open all year, daily from 10am. Close at 4pm in winter.

Visitor information:

Tea rooms. WCs.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: After 1306

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 80

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