Cranbury Park (Historic England)

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HCC Site ID: 1533 Parish: Hursley
Designations: HE II*; House LB I &
various other listed buildings; SINC
Area: c150 ha
Access: No Public Access Open for NGS occasionally Ownership: Private

House c.1790 probably by George Dance the Younger, 1830s by Papworth. Heavy iron screen and gate to forecourt.
Formal gardens with circular fountain pool, flanked by Irish yews and vases. Circular rose garden with
wrought iron treillage enclosed by laurel hedges. Separate oval rose garden, shrub rose beds enclosed by box hedges. Arboretum-like mixed planting. Ha-ha wall topped by urns, views to south and east. Ride with views to
north, between clipped rhododendrons and laurels, beeches, oaks, limes lead to a circular pool surrounded by vases. Intersecting rides lead one to a grotto erected over a springhead with a plaque inscribed with a verse by.
Wordsworth and another leads to a summerhouse, probably by Dance, with Tuscan colonnade. To the north-east of the house a sunken ride between banks, possibly following the course of an old lane, leads to a partially ruined shell grotto set into the bank. Roman camp planted out as an arboretum contains a roofless orangery, sequoia and other rare trees. Sundial 1720 erected by Sir Isaac Newton set before entrance to orangery. Great Pond, Upper Pond, Lower Pond. The Castle, fragments transferred from Netley Abbey 1770 by Thos Dummer with an added tower, as a folly and eyecatcher. Extensive woodland. The Gardens, walled kitchen gardens.
Associated with Sir Isaac Newton and Wordsworth.
Bilikowski K, Historic Parks and Gardens, 1983.
Country Life, 25 Oct 1956 p944, 15 Nov 1956 p1116.
Paterson A, Gardens of Britain 2, 1978.
Pevsner N, Lloyd D, Hampshire, 1967.
Photos – W H Jacobs – Portsmouth Record Office and Winchester Local Studies library

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