Fordham Abbey 4119

Fordham, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, England

Brief Description

Features of Fordham Abbey include drives, pleasure grounds, an orchard, a walled kitchen garden and various fruit houses.

History

Fordham Abbey was established in the 13th century, but was re-built as a private house in the late-18th century.

Detailed Description

Fordham Abbey house is covered in ivy and is approached by two long carriage drives (which are flanked by shade trees). Pleasure grounds surround the house and overlook the park. The park is well-timbered with ornamental trees, and is screened from the road by belts and plantations.

Spacious lawns run down to the river Snail. The lawns are shaded by beautiful specimen trees, shrubs and timber trees. There is a walled kitchen garden, lean-to vineries, a peach house and a tomato house. There is also a cucumber house, melon house, potato house and a potting and tool shed.

Other features of the gardens include lawns, mature trees, a pond, an orchard, with wild flowers, shrubs, roses and mixed borders. There is also a Redwood avenue.

Features
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  • Avenue
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  • Drive
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Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Fordham
History

Detailed History

Fordham Abbey was created in the 13th century. However the current house was built in 1790. The house was built in the Georgian style.

Period

  • Late 18th Century
References

Contributors

  • Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust