About this spot
Chippenham Park has passed by descent in the present owner's family since 1791. The house itself has been through many incarnations finally being rebuilt in the 1880s in the fashionable Queen Anne revival style. Before that it had been an abbey, a grand country villa, a modest hunting lodge and was nearly rebuilt as a grand neo-classical house by James Wyatt in the 1790s. The park itself was created in the 1690s by Admiral Russell with the permission of the King, William III. He was later made Lord Orford and First Lord of the Admiralty and planted large avenues in the Park to illustrate the battle formations of La Hogue, his famous naval victory over the French. He died without heir and in 1791 the estate was bought by John Tharp, a hugely successful sugar baron. He greatly enlarged the estate and was passionate about trees, of which he planted many thousands.
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