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Great Abington Hall


Features of Great Abington Hall include stables, drives, a walled garden and an ornamental canal.

Western did much rebuilding and having built new stables to the north west of the hall, started to lay out an ornamental canal on a stretch of the River Granta that flowed through his land.

Later the park around the house was laid out by Humphry Repton in 1803 for John Mortlock, the Cambridge banker. The park is approached by two long drives, which converge on a lime avenue widening into a broad sweep at the entrance to the hall.

Behind the stable block was a productive walled garden with box-edged paths, espalier and walled fruit trees, lean-to plant houses and 7 heated pits with stoke holes. There is an attractive view across the park to the village church.

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The original medieval manor house of the Earls of Oxford has long since disappeared. In 1712 a house was built for Maximillian Western, the son of a wealthy London ironmonger. This was incorporated into the present late-18th-century hall, which still retains its iron veranda along the south front.

After the Second World War, the property was sold to the British Welding Research Association and the house is now converted into flats and offices.

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Principal Building

Domestic / Residential



Open to the public


Civil Parish

Great Abington