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Brief description of site

Cowdray House has a medieval park landscaped in the late-18th century by Lancelot Brown. Eleven hectares of the park are Victorian pleasure grounds.

Brief history of site

A new house was built on or near the present site in the late-13th century. It was re-built in the early-16th century. The Earl of Southampton was granted a licence in 1532-3 to impark land to make the present park at Cowdray. The formal walled gardens were probably laid out in the 1540s and 1550s. Lancelot Brown worked on the site from 1768 to 1774.

Location information:

Address: Cowdray Park, Midhurst, GU29 9AL

Locality: Midhurst

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Chichester; Easebourne

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 197 Grid Ref: SU891216
Latitude: 50.9869 Longitude: -0.731966

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Cowdray Ruins are open from mid-March to the end of October. Please see:
http://www.cowdray.org.uk/
The Victorian House known as Cowdray Park, situated close by, is a private residence and is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1250 to 1299

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 355

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