The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

Tudor gardens in England

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553. During the reign of Henry VII. (1485 to 1509), Holinshed informs us that large parks, or circumscribed forests, of several miles in circumference were common. Their number in Kent and Essex alone amounted to upwards of a hundred. (p. 204.) The Earl of Northumberland had, in Northumberland, Cumberland, and Yorkshire, twenty-one parks, and 5771 head of red and fallow deer. He had also parks in Sussex, and other southern counties. These parks were formed more from necessity than luxury; tenants for land being then not so readily obtained as in later times.