Record Details

NHER Number:30479
Type of record:Monument
Name:Oxburgh Park


In existence before 1794, the foundation date of this park is unclear. Massively extended in the 19th century, the garden parterre was laid out around 1845 in a design of D'Argenville's 'Theorie', and the original lake was removed by 1908. The park as such is no longer extant, though the wilderness that was laid out to the northeast is now restored.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7426 0056
Map Sheet:TF70SW

Full description

6 October 1993. NLA air photography.
Area of park around Oxborough Hall, NHER2627, to be seen.
H.Clare (NLA), 1 February 2001.

Historic Parkland Grade II.
Date of park unknown, in existence before 1794, with lake. Massively extended in 19th century, lake removed by 1908. Park as such is no longer extant - N County Council Inventory of Parks. Garden parterre laid out around 1845 on design of D'Argenville's 'Theorie'. Wilderness laid out to northeast, now restored English Heritage Register of Historic Parkland.
Note that the boundary of the area designated by Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission somewhat oddly intersects with the walls of the walled garden, for which see NHER 2627.
E. Rose (NLA), 11 March 1994.

The (S1) survey of garden earthworks also crosses the boundary between the two.

1999. Earthworks Survey.
South of the hall, an incomplete banked enclosure with part of a central subdividing bank appears to have been a raised garden walkway. Other linear features include a prominent 19th century pipeline ridge and various slight scarps and depressions, some of which probably represent watercourse channels.
See report (S1) for plan and further details. This site was included in (S2) and the survey is also noted in (S3).
D. Holburn (HES), 21 November 2011.

Monument Types

  • PARK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Registered Park or Garden

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1998. Archaeology of the Landscape Park: Garden Design in Norfolk, England, c. 1680-1840.. BAR (British Series). Vol 268. pp 141-142.
---Aerial Photograph: TF 7401/ ABU, ABX-ACA.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1997. TF 7401ACJ - ACX, ABQ, ABT.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1997. TF 7401ABR - ABS, ACY - ADN, ADQ - AEC.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 7401ACB - ACH; TF 7300R - S.
---Designation: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England..
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 587-588.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2017. Land returned to historic Norfolk estate thanks to National Trust. 13 December.
<S1>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1999. Oxborough Hall SMR2627 Garden Earthworks. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S2>Monograph: Cushion, B. and Davison, A. 2003. Earthworks of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 104. p 224.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2000. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1999. Norfolk Archaeology. XLIII Pt III pp 521-543. p 535.

Related records

2627Part of: Oxburgh Hall (Building)

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