The park at Chillington appears to have originated in the 1720s when the mile long, broad, tree lined Upper Avenue was planted between the hall and the road to Brewood. The pleasure grounds immediately surrounding the hall and the Bowling Green Arch of c1730 are part of this early phase of works.
In the late 1750s Lancelot Capability Brown created the large lake set within woodlands and described by a contemporary as the “finest pieces of water, within an enclosure, that this Kingdom produces.” to the west of the earlier landscape and possibly overlying some earlier carriage rides. Two classical style temples, one possibly by Sir John Soane, look over the lake which is crossed by two fine stone bridges, the sham bridge by Brown to conceal the dam at its head, and one by James Paine at the entrance to the canal at the south east corner. The park contains numerous other ornamental buildings, a fine walled garden and an impressive stable courtyard.
District: SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE
Postcode: WV8 1RE
Status: GRADE II* CONSERVATION AREA.
Access: Limited opening March – August. For opening times see website