Monument record HNV 040 - Formal Gardens, Hengrave Hall

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Formal gardens of Hengrave Hall, evidence of existance in 16th cenury, redesigned in the late 19th century, existing garden layout is a simplified version of the 19th century design.


Grid reference Centred TL 8233 6851 (223m by 161m)
Map sheet TL86NW


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Formal Gardens of Hengrave Hall.

Sir Thomas Kytson brought a 'Dutch-man' from Norwich to 'view ye orchardes, gardyns and walkes', and later paid him for 'clypping the knotts, altering the alleys, setting the grounde, finding herbes and bordering the same' in 1570s. Remains of 16th/17th century walled garden enclosure are incorporated into walled gardens of mainly 18th and 19th century. An article in 'The Gardener's Chronicle in 1881' described a flower garden to the west of the hall '…tastefully laid out in the usual geometric style' designed by 'the late MR Nesfield'. The 1839 Tithe Map shows an oval parterre. The outline of the garden still exists but simplified. Terraces to east, north and est, cross paths and central pond (S1, S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Monograph: Williamson, T.. 2000. Suffolk's Gardens and Parks - Designed Landscapes from the Tudors to the Victorians. p. 134, p. 161.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Williamson,T. & Taigel, A.. 1992-1994. A Survey of Historic Parks and Gardens in Suffolk.

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Record last edited

Jul 2 2018 1:52PM

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