Walled kitchen gardens in South Oxfordshire

Stonor Park

Stonor Park

Stonor Park

Stonor Park

Context
Stonor Park is seven kilometres north of Henley, in the village of Stonor, which was known as Upper Assendon before the 20th century. The house was built for the Stonor family who have lived there since the 12th century. They were Catholic recusants and persecuted during the Reformation. Their fortunes improved during the 18th century when the garden and park were laid out and the house refurbished.

Description
The 1st ed. OS 1876 map, shows Stonor Park as having a rectangular shaped productive walled garden with perimeter paths and a central north west path that divides the garden into an eastern and western part. The eastern part has paths around a glasshouse and informal paths through planting. The western path has cruciform paths. The central north south path is lined with trees and there is a frameyard with three glasshouses attached to the south west of the garden.

There is a row of coniferous trees along the north wall and a possible shelter belt. The house and buildings are directly south of the garden. There is a triangular shaped area to the west of the garden (with different kinds of trees, possible woodland garden or orchard). There is a small shelterbelt to the south of the frameyard. The walled garden is generally surrounded by park and, with forest further to the north.

Extant structures include the walls, the glasshouse in the frameyard and steps in the eastern part of the garden. The current Landline Map shows a very similar layout to the historic one but the coniferous trees to the north of the garden have been replaced by deciduous trees.

Designation status

The garden at Stonor Park is included in the Historic England Register of Historic Parks and Gardens at Grade II*. Further information is available in the National Heritage List for England.

Access
Both the house and gardens at Stonor Park are open to the public on certain days - refer to their website for details.

Sources of information