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Brief description of site

Much of the present gardens and pleasure grounds date from the 19th century. The gardens occupy about 6 hectares within a wooded park covering about 260 hectares. The wider agricultural estate includes 2600 hectares of ancient woodland.

Brief history of site

The site at Cornbury originates in the medieval period. Its development began in the 17th century, when the park was landscaped (1661, partly by John Evelyn) and a physic garden created for Oxford University. The park also contains the earliest known example of a ha-ha. Further development continued through the 18th and 19th centuries.

Location information:

Address: Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, OX7 3EH

Locality: Charlbury

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; West Oxfordshire; Charlbury

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 164 Grid Ref: SP350182
Latitude: 51.8613 Longitude: -1.49316


West of the M40, junction 9 and 10.
nearest railway station - Charlbury.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1661

Main period of development: 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 260

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