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Brief description of site

Ampthill is an 18th-century landscape park. The immediate area of 1.75 hectares around Park House is now separated from the main parkland.

Brief history of site

Ampthill Great Park, originally a deer park, surrounded Ampthill Castle, which was built in the early-15th century by Sir John Cornwall. The castle was ruinous by the end of the 16th century and the present Park House was built in the late-17th century to replace the Great Lodge. The house was re-modelled in 1769, and the park was landscaped by Lancelot Brown in 1771-2.

Location information:

Address: Ampthill Park, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HF

Locality: Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Local Authorities:

Central Bedfordshire; Ampthill

Historical County: Bedfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 153 Grid Ref: TL027388
Latitude: 52.0381 Longitude: -0.504161


West of the A6, north of the A527.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is now a public park, open daily.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site Style : English landscape garden

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 140

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