Honington Hall Park (18th century)
The site of a landscape park, kitchen garden and formal garden dating to the Post Medieval to Imperial period. The features include a temple dating to the same period. It is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1886 and is located at Honington Hall.
1 Landscape park, 80 ha, surrounding Honington Hall. Includes alterations made on the advice of Sanderson Miller, who also designed the grotto in 1749; this grotto does not survive. Parkland survives to S of Hall with lawns for 200m, divided by streams from further parkland.
2 Features of the 18th century design included grotto, chinese temple, cascade.
3 A 1759 painting by Thomas Robins shows a landscape in the rococo style at Honington. Several garden structures shown are likely to have been at least in part the work of Sanderson Miller. They included a Chinese temple similar to that at Wroxton Abbey (Oxfordshire), a Chinese bridge, a Doric temple, a cascade and a grotto. The Chinese temple and bridge have disappeared, but the cascade and temple survive. Also associated with this phase of the park are the walled kitchen garden and a stone lined tunnel leading to the river bank.
4 – 5 A number of features are shown on the OS 1:10560 1886 Shts 53NE/54NW.
6 – 7 An area of parkland is shown shaded on the OS 1:10560 1923/24 Shts 53NE/54NW.
8 Early 18th century gardens around house destroyed by later landscaping. Tithe Map shows a reduced area compared to the areas shown on Greenwood and the OS 1′ 1st edition; Greenwood shows a northward extension reaching as far as Tredington Mill.
9 Illustrative Map for 8.
10 Greenwood’s map of 1822.