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This site has the following component area(s):

Digswell Lake

Sherrardspark Wood

Digswell Place


Brief description of site

Digswell Park (around Digswell House) lies mainly in a valley running west to east on the south of the house towards Digswell Lake from which it is separated by a main road. It is now used as urban open space. Digswell Place is now connected to the Park by historic Monks Walk and is adjacent to Sherrardspark Wood which has rides and walks (see the historic plan). Both houses have been adapted to multiple occupation and the park around Digswell Place is now small paddocks.

Brief history of site

Capability Brown was paid for work here in 1771-73, in laying out a park around Digswell House. Following purchase of the estate by the Cowpers, a Reptonian landscape was developed, with Nathaniel Kent being employed from 1812 and visits from Repton. In 1919 the land was sold to Ebenezer Howard for Welwyn Garden City with some land being developed and Sherrardspark Wood and Digswell valley being retained as public open spaces. It has been suggested that Gertrude Jekyll was involved with Didswell [sic] Place in 1920.

Location information:

Address: Digswell Park, AL8 7RE

Locality: Welwyn Garden City

Local Authorities:

Hertfordshire; Welwyn Hatfield; Welwyn

Historical County: Hertfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 182 Grid Ref: TL238147
Latitude: 51.8172 Longitude: -0.205357


Sherrardspark Wood car park off Rectory Road, east of B197 near Ayot Green. Digswell Park accessible from A1000, Bessemer Road in Welwyn Garden City.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Sherrardspark Wood, Digswell Park urban open land.

Visitor information:

Parking at Sherrardspark Wood.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1771 to 1812

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: ground/below ground level remains

Site Size (Hectares): 82

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