Record Details

NHER Number:30473
Type of record:Monument
Name:Narford Park


An early 18th century landscape park included in Campbell's Vitruvius Britannica of 1725. The early 18th century formal layout included a geometric formal garden surrounded by a ha ha, ornamental canals and classical garden buildings, see NHER 4014. An impressive north to south avenue is focused on the south front of the Hall, and runs for over a kilometre. By the late 18th century the formal, geometric gardens had been removed and the planting 'deformalised', and by the end of the 19th century a large lake had been created.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 76603 13212
Map Sheet:TF71SE

Full description

Historic Parkland Grade II, see (S1).
Park with ornamental deer on site by 1720 when extensive formal layout depicted by Colen Campbell and Edmund Prideaux in plans and sketches. Mostly now gone except for grand view south to Eyetrap Plantation where there was an arch. This garden may have replaced an earlier layout some of whose trees survived until 19th century.
Present lake created from former ornamental canal - (S1) say in 19th century, (S2) say in late 18th. Gardens gone by 1886. Few old trees survive, much 20th century coniferous planting.
Information from (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 7 March 1994.

(S3) dates the lake to 1860 and gives detailed description of the very important garden buildings.
See under NHER 4014 for these.
E. Rose (NLA), 4 December 1995.

(S4) states the arch still remains in Eyetrap Plantation.

Note that (S5) has 'Monument' written some distance north of Eyetrap Plantation.
However it may be a mistake meant for the arch.
E. Rose (NLA), 7 March 2001.

Monument Types

  • FORMAL GARDEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GARDEN BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HA HA (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • LANDSCAPE PARK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ORNAMENTAL CANAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ORNAMENTAL LAKE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TREE AVENUE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Registered Park or Garden
  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

<S1>Designation: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England..
<S2>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. [unknown]. Inventory of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Norfolk..
<S3>Monograph: Worsley, G.. 1995. Classical Architecture in Britain: The Heroic Age.. p 188.
<S4>Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1998. Archaeology of the Landscape Park: Garden Design in Norfolk, England, c. 1680-1840.. BAR (British Series). Vol 268. p 266.
<S5>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1813. OS 1st Edition 2".

Related records

15001Parent of: Arch, Narford Park (Monument)
4014Parent of: Garden temple, Narford Park (Building)
4011Parent of: Icehouse, Narford Park (Monument)
4012Parent of: Obelisk, Narford Park (Monument)
43982Parent of: Temple in Narford Park (Building)
4013Part of: Narford Hall (Building)

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