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Oakfield (also known as Chester Zoo)

Introduction

Oakfield (or Oakfields on OS) was a gentleman's Country Estate - originally built in the 1850s and enlarged / enhanced in the late 1800s. When sold by auction in 1913 (see images)it featured - woodlands with formal flower beds and shrubbery accessed by winding paths, an orchard, conservatory, greenhouse and vinery. Also a kitchen garden, cucumber and melon houses. Earlier records note fountains and fishponds.The site is now part of the much larger Chester Zoo which features extensive gardens as well as its animal enclosures. Many original buildings still stand.

Visitor Facilities

See http://www.chesterzoo.org/Visit.aspx

The only record (identified to date ) is the 1913 Auction particulars - see images

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Open daily, except Christmas Day.

Directions

see www.chesterzoo.org

Owners

North of England Zoological Society

Caughall Rd, Chester, CH2 1EU
Features & Designations

Plant Environment

  • Woodland Garden
  • Environment

Style

English Landscape Garden

Key Information

Type

Country Estate

Purpose

Zoological Garden

Plant Environment

Woodland Garden

Principal Building

Country House

Survival

Reconstructed

Hectares

3

Open to the public

Yes

Civil Parish

Upton-by-Chester

References

Contributors

  • Phil Pearn of Upton-by-Chester Local History Group