John O'Gaunt's House 5901

Bassingbourn, England, Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire

Brief Description

The previous garden features include raised pathways, a moat and ponds.

History

The garden was created in the mid-15th century.

Detailed Description

Now visible only as crop marks from the air, this was one of the most remarkable late-medieval gardens in England. The garden resembled the early Renaissance gardens of Italy, which the Earl of Worcester had recently visited at the time of the garden’s creation.

Tiptoft’s house stood on a high mound within a moat giving long views to the adjacent hills to the north and south. Around it are moated compartments with ponds and pathways. A long raised causeway linked it to the village.

Features
  • Artificial Mound
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  • Moat
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  • Pond
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  • Path
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  • Manor House (featured building)
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Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Bassingbourn cum
History

Detailed History

The garden at John O’Gaunt’s House was created between 1461 and 1470 by John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester.
References

Contributors

  • Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust