Hailes Abbey 6936

Winchcombe, England, Gloucestershire, Cotswold

Brief Description

The site has the ruins of a former Cistercian Abbey. After the Dissolution it was one of the seats of Tracy family. The estate was slowly downgraded and only ruins were left by 1794.

History

This was a former Cistercian Abbey, disestablished in 1539. It came into the hands of the Tracy family in 1607. The former Abbott's residence was restored and the gardens and park were created. Kip's engraving shows the full conversion, but by 1732 Buck's engraving shows the progressive decline. The details of the history of the garden are not known.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open daily between April and October.

Detailed Description

The seat is in the Severn valley just at the edge of the Cotswolds. There was a walled formal garden with grass parterres and topiary on the west front of the house, and courtyard and service buildings to the south. The main garden lay to the rear and extended up onto the hillside. The design was elaborate and formal with several grass parterres with decoratively placed severely clipped trees. Beyond was a formal orchard and a fishpond. There was a vegetable garden outside the east wall of the main garden. The church (which survives) lies to the east of the house.

Features

Style

  • Formal
  • Ruin (featured building)
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open daily between April and October.

Directions

The road to Hailes Abbey is east of the B4632 appromiately 3 km. north of Winchcombe.
History

Detailed History

There is no information on the history of the garden, and the date of its creation is not known. Its appearance suggests mid to late-18th-century formal English design for an aristocratic seat with house, church, garden and park. It was one of several seats of the family and fairly rapidy given up. The Buck engraving of 1732 shows that the garden had already disappeared by that time.
Contact

Telephone

01793 414700

Official Website

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Other websites

Owners

  • The National Trust

    Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA
References

References

Contributors

  • Martin McNicol