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Part/component area of: Beechwood

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Brief description of site

The house is approached from the west a via a short drive across the very wide verge from Pickford Road at Cheverells Green. The house is of red brick and dates from around 1693. Other features include the remnants of a lime walk, a walled garden, a terrace and a series of early-20th century garden rooms.

Brief history of site

The estate was laid out as a Dower House for the Sebright family of Beechwood Park. It lies on a hill to the northeast of Beechwood on the southern outskirts of Markyate. The grounds were probably laid out at the same as the building of the house but there is no indication of this early C18 design. In 1754, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown drew up detailed proposals for Beechwood Park and may well have offered advice on the whole estate, as was his custom. The garden was much changed in the early C20 when the Sebrights move to Cheverells and alterations made to the gardens since then. Much of the small park has since returned to arable use.

Location information:

Address: Markyate, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 8AW

Locality: St Albans

Local Authorities:

Hertfordshire; Dacorum; Markyate

Historical County: Hertfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 166 Grid Ref: TL054154
Latitude: 51.8273 Longitude: -0.471973

Directions:

West of the A1 junction 9

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