|HCC Site ID:||1554||Parish:||New Alresford|
|Designations:||SMR||Area:||Was large, now much reduced|
|Access:||No Public Access||Ownership:||Private|
Location and Site
Arlebury Park is situated in the Itchen Valley, on the approach road into New Alresford from the A31. Lying in the chalk river valley of the Itchen; trees near the river are likely to be alder, beech or willow.
The house, known as New Place, was built in 1774 as a ‘handsome Italianate Georgian mansion’ by William Harris, who also created the parkland and formal gardens. Early in the 19th century, Admiral F J P Marx occupied the house, although he was often absent in the duties of the Crown. The Walford family took over Arlebury Park in 1883 where they remained for three generations.
The house and about 62 ha (153 acres) of adjoining land with cottages, together with about 1800 yards of exclusive fishing rights along the River Arle were put up for auction in 1935, though the sale did not proceed at that time. In 1944 the estate was bought by E E Witchard who farmed the agricultural land and divided the house into eight substantial flats, one of which his family occupied. From 1947-1977, the Martin family occupied the house when E E Witchard Ltd bought it.
In 1995, the house was purchased by the M25 Group, which created 12 apartments within a much reduced park area. Some of the original outbuildings such as Lodge and stables have been developed separately. The long flint wall fronting onto the road from the A31 into New Alresford remains in good condition. A considerable part of the original estate, particularly towards the river, has been retained by the M25 Group. There are several, large cedar trees some of which are home to numerous nesting herons,both in the grounds belonging to the apartments as well as in the larger estate belonging to the M25 Group. Winchester District has included this latter area as one of 16 sites suitable for development in its Strategic Plans Scheme.
Original house and parkland built by William Harris late 18th century, with formal gardens. Since 1995 house divided into apartments within small park area. Specimen trees remain.
Information: July 2002, updated 2008
Article supplied by M25 Group