Ardencote grounds, Claverdon

Description of this historic site

Formal gardens and pleasure grounds of Ardencote House which date to the Imperial period. An outstanding parterre survives. They are situated 1km south west of Great Pinley. Recommended for inclusion on Local List as key site (parterre) by Lovie

Notes about this historic site

1 House, 1876, by Penrose, surrounded by grounds comprising formal gardens with terraces and pleasure grounds with mixed plantings and walks. Features include: a kitchen garden; shrubbery; pond and new lake; drive; a very good parterre with pattern in box, probably by W.A. Nesfield. Recommended as key site for Local List on account of the parterre.
2 Oval parterre in clipped box and gravel survives in remarkable condition. Attributed to A.M. Nesfield [sic] but authority for this unclear. The house is now a country club and much alteration has taken place in the pleasure grounds. The parterre is probably the best surviving example of such a feature in Warwickshire. Includes photograph of parterre (p104).
3 House and grounds shown on OS 1:10560 1886 Sht Warks 32SW.
4 OS 1:10560 1926 Sht Warks 32SW shows grounds as shaded parkland.

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