Weston Park

Description of this historic site

Weston Park, a formal garden and deer park dating from Post Medieval period. It is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1886. It is located to the west of Cherington. Recommended for inclusion on Local List by Lovie.

Notes about this historic site

1 19th century house demolished 1934; terraced gardens survive. 16th century house with elaborate 17th century formal gardens had preceded it. Fine parkland landscape remains. Features included lake, terrace, avenue, lodges, drives, pleasure grounds, walls/ bastion, ha-ha, ponds, kitchen garden, Listed lodges.
2 The estate was held by the Sheldon family in the 16th century and they developed a park there from c1545. A house, Weston House, was built in the 1580s. Probably in the second half of the 17th century elaborate formal gardens were laid out around the house; an engraving of 1716 [reproduced] shows that these included walled gardens, a pair of dovecotes, shaped trees and an orchard. The house fell into disrepair later in the 18th century and the estate was sold in 1819. A new house was built 1827-30, apparently on the same site, formal gardens were re-established, and much work was carried out to renovate the park. The 19th century house was demolished in 1934, but the site and associated features such as the lodges and ice house remain clearly visible. A second house, Weston Park, which in its present form is probably early 19th century, still stands.
34 The OS 1:10560 1884 Shts Warks 57NW/SW show the house, gardens and several parkland features including the avenue, lodges ponds and drives.
56 The OS 1:10560 1923 Shts Warks 57NW/SW show the parkland at that date shaded, and marks the position of the icehouse.
7 Park shown on Greenwood’s map of 1822.
8 Date of construction of second house more likely to be c. 1725 than C19. See M. Warriner’s ” A Prospect of Weston in Warwickshire” p56

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