Piercefield Park 2621

Chepstow, Wales

Brief Description

The mid-18th-century park drops off steeply to the east to the River Wye, which winds around the bottom of the wooded cliffs. A walk was created along the top of the precipice with features and viewpoints, which became one of the most famous contemporary Picturesque walks and an essential part of the Wye Tour. Parts of the park are now on the Wye Valley Walk.

History

The park and Picturesque walk were created by Valentine the Younger between 1752 and 1772.

Features

Style

  • Picturesque
  • House (featured building)
  • Description: Piercefield is now a ruin.
  • Grotto
  • Description: A stone grotto which was a feature on the picturesque walk and originally lined with spars and other minerals.
  • Vantage Point
  • Description: 'The Alcove' (a seat and railings) and 'The Platform' (a stone platform and railings) are viewpoints on the walk.
  • Tunnel
  • Description: The 'Giant's Cave', a tunnel through the rock on the cliff walk.
Icehouse
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Contributors

  • Michael Statham

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