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Brief description of site

This is an early formal garden of about 1 hectare, set within traces of a landscape park covering about 14 hectares. The gardens date from the early-17th century with later alterations. It is reputed that the rules for the game of croquet were created here.

Brief history of site

Robert Catesby, then the owner of the site, was murdered in 1605, and around this time the property was bought by Walter Jones and the house demolished. In its place Jones built the present house, probably between 1607 and 1612, and is likely to have constructed the rectangular, walled garden compartments at this time or a little later.

Location information:

Address: Chastleton House, Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire, GL56 0SU

Locality: Stow-on-the-Wold

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; West Oxfordshire; Chastleton

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 163 Grid Ref: SP248291
Latitude: 51.9598 Longitude: -1.64049


6 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold. 4 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh. On the A436.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open between April and October, Wednesday- Saturday.
01 608 674355

Visitor information:

Access by timed ticket only, which must be pre-booked. April to September - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 1 - 5pm. October - same days, 1 - 4pm.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: manor house

Site first created: Before 1605

Main period of development: Early 17th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 15

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