Chesterton House (17th century park)

Description of this historic site

The site of a landscape park which was created during the Post Medieval period. The layout of the park is depicted on two maps from the 1700s and shows avenues and vistas. The manor house was demolished in 1802. The park is located 300m north of Chesterton church. Recommended for inclusion on Local List by Lovie.

Notes about this historic site

1 Chesterton House is one of the most significant lost houses of Warwickshire. The mansion house, which was built for Sir Edward Peyto in 1657 on a site some distance from the old Medieval manor site, was surrounded by a 17th century designed landscape, which is partly shown on an 18th century illustration and estate plan. The layout included avenues and vistas as well as a number of structures, some of which survive (eg the Listed windmill, watermill and gateway). In the second half of the 18th century there was a dispute over the inheritance of the estate, and in 1802, the house was demolished to prevent it passing to rival claimants. Detail from 18th century estate plan reproduced (p86-87).
2 The fishponds near the church are also associated with the Post Medieval landscape.

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