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Brief description of site

The planting on Wakefield Lawn has all but disappeared today, as almost the whole area is now under arable cultivation. Much of the house was demolished in 1948, but the wing by William Kent remains. The Victorian dairy farm and walled garden also survive, as does the formal ha-ha in front of the house.

Brief history of site

The house was first used as a hunting lodge. The conscious designing of the landscape seems to have started from the middle of the 18th century, and carried through into the 19th century when Victorian formality appears to have been appended to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown's earlier landscaping.

Location information:

Address: Potterspury, Towcester, Northampton, NN12 7QX

Locality: Towcester

Local Authorities:

Northamptonshire; South Northamptonshire; Potterspury

Historical County: Northamptonshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 152 Grid Ref: SP737425
Latitude: 52.076 Longitude: -0.926055

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Agriculture and subsistence

Context or principal building: house

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

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