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Brief description of site

The present grounds include the remnants of an 18th-century landscape park and a 19th-century terraced garden. At its most extensive the park covered about 160 hectares, but only about 40 hectares remain.

Brief history of site

The site originated in the medieval period as the manor of Caversham. The house was rebuilt in Tudor times but was destroyed by fire. The present house dates from the 1850s. The grounds include the remnants of an early-18th-century formal garden by Stephen Switzer flanking mid-19th-century formal terraces, surrounded by the remains of a landscape park laid out in the 1760s by Lancelot Brown.

Location information:

Address: Caversham Park, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6PF

Locality: Reading

Local Authorities:

Reading

Historical County: Berkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 175 Grid Ref: SU726763
Latitude: 51.481 Longitude: -0.955926

Directions:

At the south-east of Caversham, north of Reading.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: education

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 40

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