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Hilton Park

Introduction

The house was possibly designed by Trubshaw. The area around the house has been modernised with hard landscaping, fountain and shrub planting. The kitchen garden walls are extant but there is a tarmac drive through the centre.

The 18th-century house is surrounded by a moat. The area around the house has been modernised with hard landscaping, fountain and shrub planting. The walls of the kitchen garden are extant, but a road cuts through the centre. Extensive water features and good woodland belts survive, but there has been substantial opencast mining, severance by motorways and services, gravel pits, and the siting of an electricity sub-station on the site. Portabello tower stands as an eyecatcher in the park. There is also an iron-framed curvelinear glasshouse, dating to about 1820, in the grounds near the house, but now in a ruinous state.
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Owners

Tarmac Group

History

The house was built in about 1720, possibly by Trubshaw, for the Vernon family. In the mid-18th century, Portabello Tower was built as an eyecatcher, in celebration of Admiral Vernon's victory in the West Indies (1739). This tower replaced an earlier obelisk.

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Features & Designations

Designations

  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Coach house, stable block, gate piers
  • Grade: II
  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Conservatory
  • Grade: II
  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Hilton Hall
  • Grade: I
  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Portobello Tower
  • Grade: II

Features

  • Fountain
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Tower
  • Description: There is a tower in memory of Admiral Vernon.
  • Stable Block
  • House (featured building)
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  • Conservatory
  • Glasshouse
  • Description: There is also an iron-framed curvelinear glasshouse, dating to about 1820.
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Key Information

Type

Landscape Park

Purpose

Ornamental

Principal Building

House

Survival

Part: standing remains

Civil Parish

Hilton

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