Monument record SOL 015 - Somerleyton Hall & Park

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Somerleyton Hall and Park (Registered).


Grid reference Centred TM 492 976 (1778m by 1396m) Centred on
Map sheet TM49NE


Type and Period (6)

Full Description

View of Somerleyton Hall (S1)(S2). Enlarged by John Thomas for Sir Morton Peto. Begun in 1844 and fully described in the illustrated London News in 1857. Mock Jacobean, with two projecting wings ..... (see description in (S3)). Gardens laid out circa 1610 after rebuilding of Hall. Contains C17 core with Queen Anne additions. Part gardens remain - see (S3).
Shown on Hodskinson's & first edition OS maps as having double tree lined avenues to S of house (S4)(S5) with `deer park' and maze shown on 1950s map (S6).
Details of Grade II* gardens in (S7).
For details of the Winter Garden in particular, see (S8). Also see (S9 & S11).
Somerleyton Hall park and gardens - listed Grade II*. Original mansion built by the Wentworth family c.1600. Map of 1652 shows the layout of the park at that time, which includes a remarkable Renaissance-style garden. [For associated, but separate, water gardens see SOL 027). The application area [FWAG?] includes the area that contained woodland walks, a series of three rectangular ponds and a grotto. Described in a survey of 1663 as:
The Woods and Walks with a variety of seats, statues, fish ponds, a house for pleasure newly erected and diverse other rarities.
The modern name 'Image Park' may be a memory of the statues here. Earthworks and/or foundations may still survive of this important 17th-century garden.
New mansion built for Sir Samuel Morton Peto 1844-51. Park enlarged through the closing of several roads in 1848.(S10).
2021: level 2 recording of the Statue of Atalanta (including general historic background of the Hall and Park) (S15).
See also (R6).

Sources/Archives (24)

  • <S1> (No record type): NAU, AP AXJ 18.
  • <M1> (No record type): AP: (S10).
  • <S1> Photograph: Essex County Council. Air Photograph. Essex C C, AP, CP/ 97/ 40/ 13, July 1997.
  • <M1> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. APs: NAU AXJ 18; CUCAP OG 59.
  • <R1> (No record type): Illustrated London News, 1857.
  • <R2> (No record type): Country Life, 3 June 1982, 1668.
  • <S2> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP, AP OG 59, 1954.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Pevsner N & Radcliffe E, Suffolk (2nd ed), 1988, 421-423.
  • <R3> (No record type): The Garden, 20 April 1872, 482; 27 April 1872, 510; 13 January 1912, 30.
  • <R4> (No record type): Girovard M, The Victorian Country House, 1979.
  • <S4> Cartographic materials: Hodskinson, J.. 1783. The County of Suffolk surveyed.
  • <S5> (No record type): OS, one inch map (1st ed), sheet 47, 1837.
  • <R5> (No record type): Gardeners' Magazine, 6 January 1912, 7.
  • <S6> (No record type): OS, 6 inch map, TM 49 NE, circa 1958.
  • <R6> Unpublished document: Williamson,T. & Taigel, A.. 1992-1994. A Survey of Historic Parks and Gardens in Suffolk.
  • <S7> Source Unchecked: English Heritage. English Heritage, Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England: Part 39 Suffolk,. English Heritage, Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England: Part 39 Suffo.
  • <S8> (No record type): Brooks E C, `John Thomas and the Winter Garden, Somerleyton Hall (1851- 1915)', The Suffolk Review, .
  • <S9> (No record type): Williamson T & Taigel A, Somerleyton: A Report on the History of the Park & Gardens, ms, June 1992 .
  • <S10> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Site Report. Martin E (SCCAS), FWAG application report.
  • <S11> Monograph: Williamson, T.. 2000. Suffolk's Gardens and Parks - Designed Landscapes from the Tudors to the Victorians.
  • <S12> Bibliographic reference: Whittaker, J. 1892. Deer Parks & Paddocks of Eng.
  • <S13> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 RD 07-OCT-81.
  • <S14> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.
  • <S15> Unpublished document: Blanchflower, J. 2021. Statue of Atalanta, North Lawn, Sumerleyton Hall, Somerleyton Hall Estate.

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Jul 14 2022 1:39PM

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