Monument record HXN 022 - Oakley Park; Hoxne New Park (PMed)

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Formerly a deer park of the Bishops of Norwich, New Park was in existence by 1326-7 (see Med).


Grid reference Centred TM 1743 7705 (1186m by 1830m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM17NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Formerly a deer park (S6) of the Bishops of Norwich, New Park was in existence by 1326-7 (see Med). Mapped in 1619 by William Stokes (S1), in 1700 by Thomas Dade (S2) and by T Skynner in 1757 (S3). The last shows the park enlarged from that in 1619. The 1757 map also shows a curiously shaped `Paddock' in the middle of the S part of the park - the outline consists of 4 curved arcs with 4 triangular projections between them. A straight avenue is shown (see HXN 024). A complex woodland garden with paths and buildings is shown in Well Plantation to the N of the house and another ornate garden with buildings is shown on the flat land to the east of the house. The gardens were re-organised in the C19. A large walled garden was made SE of the house and to the west of the walled garden an ornamental garden with woodland walks, terraces and a summerhouse was created. Since the destruction of the main house in the 1930s, a house, Park House, has been built in the former gardens. Much of the layout seems to survive, but minus most of the architectural fittings.
Park was much enlarged in the C19 - c. 500 acres in 1855 (S5). Park outline shown on OS 1:10560 map. Now disparked.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> (No record type): Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich HD40:422.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: photocopies of parts of S1, S3 & S4.
  • <S2> (No record type): Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich HB21:280/1.
  • <S3> (No record type): Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich HA68:484/752.
  • <S4> Map: OS. OS Map. OS, 1:2500 map, 2nd ed, 1904.
  • <S5> (No record type): White's Directory of Suffolk, 1855.
  • <S6> Bibliographic reference: Liddiard, R. (ed). 2007. The Medieval Park: New Perspectives. Hoppitt R, 'Hunting Suffolk's Parks: towards a reliable chronology of imparkment'.

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Record last edited

Jun 27 2018 2:14PM

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