Orchardleigh 2511

Frome, England, Somerset, Mendip

Brief Description

Orchardleigh has formal gardens and pleasure grounds of around four hectares, dating mainly from the 19th century. The pleasure grounds feature a main grass walk with a vista through a yew hedge to the park. There are also winding gravel walks and groves. The pleasure grounds are set within a landscaped deer park of around 325 hectares, dating from medieval times. The park has a lake formed from a stream. The house is now a venue for weddings and accommodation, and is open to patrons only.

History

The house, built between 1855 and 1858 by T H Wyatt, replaced a mansion south of the church.

Detailed Description

The following is from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. For the most up-to-date Register entry, please visit the The National Heritage List for England (NHLE):

www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list

Formal gardens and pleasure grounds of around 4 hectares, mainly dating back to the 19th century, with work in 1856 by a Mr Page, and a landscaped deer park of some 325 hectares dating from the medieval period onwards.

The house, built between 1855 and 1858 by T H Wyatt, replaced a mansion south of the church which was demolished in 1856. The pleasure grounds feature a main grass walk with a vista through a yew hedge to the park. There are also winding gravel walks and groves. The park has a lake formed from a stream. There is a 13th-century church on the island, which was restored in 1862 by Wyatt and in 1879 by Sir Gilbert Scott. There are scattered trees and plantations with Orchardleigh and Buckland Woods to the north-west. A wooded drive leads to the house from Gloucester Lodge at Lullington, which has a pre-1816 castellated and turretted gateway. The drive also passes Temple Lodge. There are Tudor Lodges to the south dating back to around 1825-30. The remaining parkland lies within farmland north of the house.

REFERENCES

Country Life, 21 Dec 1901, 808

C Holme, Gardens of England in Southern and Western Counties (1907), plates 98-101

N Pevsner, North Somerset and Bristol (1958)

J Sales, West Country Gardens (1980)

Trans. Anc. Mons. Soc., 27, 1983, 119

Features
  • House (featured building)
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  • Walk
  • Description: Main grass walk.
  • Hedge
  • Description: Yew hedge.
  • Walk
  • Description: Winding gravel walks.
  • Religious, Ritual And Funerary Features
  • Description: There is a 13th-century church on the island, which was restored in 1862 by Wyatt and in 1879 by Sir Gilbert Scott.
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  • Drive
  • Description: A wooded drive leads to the house from Gloucester Lodge.
  • Gate Lodge
  • Description: Gloucester Lodge at Lullington has a pre-1816 castellated and turretted gateway.
  • Gate Lodge
  • Description: Temple Lodge.
  • Gate Lodge
  • Description: Tudor Lodges to the south dating from around 1825-30.
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Grove, Lake, Stream, Plantation
Access & Directions

Directions

http://www.orchardleigh.net/contact/
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Lullington
History

Period

  • Mid 19th Century
Associated People

People associated to Orchardleigh

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