Historical context

The house has its origins in the 14th century and was possibly erected around a courtyard within the moat. This was substantially altered in the late 16th century. Then the property passed to Edward Richards in 1694 who made various additions and alterations and who probably, at this time, developed the enclosed garden and terraces.

Walled Kitchen Garden

The garden of approx 1/3 acre, is situated 109 metres from the moated house. It is rectangular in shape, with walls on north, west and south, with north/south aspect. The Ist edn OS (1878) map shows the south wall extending eastwards as part of a much larger enclosure. Historically this was a productive garden with glasshouses both in and outside out the walls as well as a frameyard to the north. The walls are built partly of limestone rubble and partly English and Flemish Bond brickwork, with buttresses against the inner side of the west wall.

Current use

Currently the garden is ornamental with a modern swimming pool replacing the frameyard. A perimeter path follows the line of the original. The present garden is divided into sections by high yew hedges and features two rills and an ornamental rose garden.

Special features

Two wells: one against north wall; the second outside south east corner of walled kitchen garden.

Designation status

The walled kitchen garden lies within the English Heritage, Grade II, Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Degree of completeness

The garden walls are complete, however the planting, frameyard and glasshouses are no longer extant.

Ownership and access

Privately owned, not open to the public but the house is clearly visible through the entrance gates.

Sources of information

Royal Berkshire History

Unpublished site survey undertaken by volunteers with Oxfordshire Gardens Trust, May 2013

Name of district

Vale of White Horse

Grid reference

SU 27907 86804