The Garden Landscape Guide

Wimpole Hall Garden

Like Stowe, Wimpole Park evolved from a geometrical design into a landscape park. The old design is thought to have been the work of London and Wise. It was illustrated by Kip and Knyff and then developed by Charles Bridgeman. Capability Brown transformed it into a serpentine park with an tree belt and three lakes. Repton made proposals which were not implemented. The National Trust has re-instated the parterres and John Harvey, the eminent garden historian, described the historical investigation as 'masterly' (Wimpole Park, Cambridgeshire, The National Trust, 1980). It consists of fully detailed field survey including the recording of all tree-stumps with a count of their annual rings; archaeological excavation where applicable; historical research into'all surviving documents and particularly plans and views' {Journal of the Garden History Society Spring 1984 p.4).

Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, England, SG8 0BW

All year. Closed most Thursdays and every Friday except Good Friday. See Wimpole Hall Website for exact days., Open 10.30 am to 5pm March to October and 11am to 4pm at other times.

Adult £3.30

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  • almost 7 years by pete 2 / 5

    The formal garden is no great shakes, it almost strikes as an afterthought. The park though is lovely and important for insects.

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Wimpole Hall Garden, Cambridgeshire Photograph © hchalkley
View of Folly, Wimpole Hall Photograph © wumpus