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Shobdon landscape park, Shobdon

SMR Number
: 11176
Grid Reference
: SO 398 627

C18 landscape park, with C19 formal gardens S of the house. Extensive walled kitchen gardens further west. etc etc. (1)
Shobdon Court was built on the site of the medieval Shobdon Priory (SMR 7124), which moved to Wigmore in 1179. It passed to the Bateman family in 1705, who developed the landscape during the 18th century. The estate was sold in 1931, and the Court was demolished. The existing house was created from the service and kitchen ranges of the old house. The park lies to the N; bounded by a low stone wall. The pleasure grounds lie N of the house and include the churchyard. Three sides are defined by a stone ha-ha. On the S is evidence of earlier formal gardens. The old house's walls surround a sunken lawn. The formal gardens were probably removed c.1750, when the park was remodelled, and new ones were created in the mid-late 19th century. The park includes various pools, a cricket pitch with pavilion, the Arches folly (HSM 592), a 'Great Walk' through the woodlands, and a 'temple' E of the house. The walled kitchen gardens are W of the Court; they include a brick pigeon house, and there is a gardener's cottage nearby. (6)
The park was identified on the Heritage at Risk Register 2016; it was described as: Early C18 formal gardens (much modified) and mid-C18 landscape park, part of which is open to the public. Although some garden buildings survive, their context is much altered; commercial fruit growing, a caravan park, a chicken farm, commercial forestry and intensive agriculture characterise the historic park. (7)

Monument Type(s)

  1. LANDSCAPE PARK (18th Century - 1701 AD to 1800 AD)

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Protected status

  1. Registered Park or Garden (II) 1891: SHOBDON

Associated Historic Landscape Character Records

  1. HHE54 - Large Compass Enclosure of the Landscape - Parkland