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More than a century after its abandonment, many of the features of the park and pleasure grounds can still be identified. The area of the pleasure grounds, its sunken fence and walled vegetable garden remains unaltered, though now very overgrown in parts. The park is under arable cultivation but the majority of the peripheral woodland has survived, albeit some replanted with conifers. The narrow strip of woodland linking Aspen Wood to Hollingford Spring has been removed, presumably to facilitate cultivation, but much of Brown's carriage drive can still be followed on foot. The lake has been maintained for coarse fishing, with modern sheet pile repairs to part of the dam, as well as repairs in concrete to Brown's original overflow, and the provision of a new outlet at the north end.


Anon, 1771 Gentleman's History of Essex, iv, 48, Chelmsford

Dubois Landscape Survey of Navestock Park for English Heritage, June 1995, typescript

Essex Quarter Sessions bridge repair presentments 1580, 1586, 1617, 1641 & 1677 ERO Q/SR 73/62, 98/19, 218/29-30, 314/62 & 436/36

Highway diversion order 1766 ERO Q/RHi 2/8

Plan of the manor of Navestock 1726 ERO D/DZn 3

Survey of the manor of Navestock 1615 ERO D/DU 583/1

Manor and parish of Navestock 1785, updated to 1835 ERO D/DXa/24

Registration of Papist estates 1717 ERO Q/QRp 1/51

Lewis, W.S. (ed.), 1970 Horace Walpole's Correspondence, ix, 243, Yale University Press

Sharp, P.D.R., & Leach, M., 2011 ‘Fortification Wood, Navestock - Reviewed' in Transactions of Essex Society for Archaeology & History, 4th series, ii

Stroud, D., 1975 Capability Brown, Faber & Faber

Turner, R., 1985 Capability Brown and the 18th Century English Landscape, Rizzoli

OS 6" 1870-3 sheets 58 & 59

Chapman & André map of Essex 1777

Lancelot Brown's account book, Lindley Library (transcribed by Stephie Shields) 

Detailed description contributed by Essex Gardens Trust 05/07/2016