Monument record NWN 004 - Nowton Park, The Paddock, Breckey Ley Park; Court Park

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Parkland, probably associated with Nowton Court.


Grid reference Centred TL 8666 6167 (1185m by 1471m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Landscape Park. Bought and built up by Orbell Oakes, estate 125ha, built up between 1801 and 1837 through piecemeal purchases. Includes a small farmhouse Nowton Cottage which was refurbished in 1819 with a rustic porch, thatched roof and dormer windows and an ornamental landscape around it. Densly planted pleasure grounds to south, serpentine paths, conifers and a rustic summer house. 1827 park expanded to include Harp Paddock. Orbell's son extended the house 1837-1840 renamed Nowton Court and associated gardens included a series of geometric flower bed to the west and south of the house, parterres to east beyond which lay an extensive shrubbery (S3)(R1).
Shown on OS 1st edition map (S4).

Nowton Court, `a C19 mansion in the Tudor style. Inside some fine wooden panelling and a fireplace surround dated 1607' (Flemish?). `In the grounds a stone archway said to be the S porch of St Mary, Bury St Edmunds (BSE 058), and a square font (of the C12?) from Lakenheath' (S1).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. 381.
  • <R1> Unpublished document: Williamson,T. & Taigel, A.. 1992-1994. A Survey of Historic Parks and Gardens in Suffolk.
  • <M1> (No record type): AP: (S2).
  • <S2> Photograph: Essex County Council. Air Photograph. Essex C C, AP, CP/97/14/1, June 1997.
  • <S3> Monograph: Williamson, T.. 2000. Suffolk's Gardens and Parks - Designed Landscapes from the Tudors to the Victorians. p. 119-120, p.140.
  • <S4> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey, 1st edition 1" map.

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Jul 3 2018 2:16PM

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