Sutton Courtenay Manor House 3188

Abingdon, England, Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse

Brief Description

The site has modern formal and wild gardens covering about two hectares. These were designed in the 1920s by Norah Lindsay. Features include a square pool, a rose garden and an enclosed Persian garden.

History

The manor house dates from the 13th, 15th and 17th centuries, and the gardens have developed since then. The present gardens were designed in the 1920s by Norah Lindsay. The area south of the house was largely remodelled between 1948 and 1951 and around 1960 by Brenda Colvin, who also added wild and riverside gardens west of the house.

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

Modern formal and wild gardens, c.2ha, 1920s by Norah Lindsay. House C13, C15 and C17. Enclosed Long Garden has fountain basin, columnar yews, herbaceous borders, wall plants, remains of intricate topiary of box and yew. Enclosed formal Persian Garden with square pool, pergola, modern knot of box and berberis. Rose garden. Beech and hornbeam alley with yew portals, leading to kitchen garden. Pleasaunce or wilderness of naturalised bulbs, shrubs, trees. River Garden, walks through naturalised shrubs, trees, lawns, wild flowers in meadowland. Beech grove adjoining forecourt. Gatepiers to forecourt, mid-C17. Area south of house, largely remodelled 1948-51 and c.1960 by Brenda Colvin, who also added wild and riverside gardens west of house.

REFERENCES

Bisgrove R, Gardens of Britain 3, 1978.

Country Life, 6 Feb 1904 p198, 16 May 1931 p610.

Hellyer A, English Gardens Open to the Public, 1956.

Pevsner N, Berkshire, 1966.

Features
  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The house dates from the 13th, 15th and 17th centuries.
  • Planting
  • Description: Columnar yews.
  • Topiary
  • Description: Remains of intricate topiary of box and yew.
  • Planting
  • Description: Enclosed Long Garden.
  • Planting
  • Description: Enclosed Persian Garden.
  • Pool
  • Description: Square pool.
  • Alley
  • Description: Beech and hornbeam alley with yew portals.
  • Pleasance
  • Description: Pleasaunce or wilderness of naturalised bulbs, shrubs, trees.
  • Grove
  • Description: Beech grove.
  • Gate Piers
  • Earliest Date:
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  • Planting
  • Description: Modern formal and wild gardens of around two hectares.
  • Earliest Date:
  • Latest Date:
Fountain, Herbaceous Border, Pergola, Rose Garden, Kitchen Garden
Access & Directions

Directions

South of Abingdon off the A415.
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Sutton Courtenay
History

Period

  • Early 20th Century
Associated People

People associated to Sutton Courtenay Manor House

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References

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