The Farnborough Park Project
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Introduction and Contents
park associated with Farnborough Hall in Warwickshire is part of a
remarkable landscape centred on a number of garden and landscape
features dating from the mid-eighteenth century and currently in the
care of the National
As part of a programme of post-graduate study with University of
Leicester and with the support of the National Trust a project has been set up to record and analyse a number of
features in the landscape covering a variety of periods but with a
particular focus on the use and management of water (see project
outline below). The purpose of this web site is not to give a
comprehensive account of the park and its historical development but
rather to put on record aspects of the on-going programme of survey
work - this should be viewed very much as work in progress...
Project Outline: Historic Water Management around the Farnborough
Estate (Warwickshire )
estate was purchased in 1684 by Ambrose Holbech and extensively
remodeled by his grandson William upon his return from the Grand Tour
in the late 1730's. Work on the grounds is attributed to Sanderson
Miller who may have been responsible for designing a complex system of
water management for the gardens.
The purpose of this study is
record any traces of the medieval landscape especially as it relates to
the early use of water resources: mills, fishponds, wells and the like,
as well as documenting the considerable engineering works carried out
in the 18th century. The work will be done almost entirely through the
survey and recording of existing earthworks. Other remains
as well heads and sluice gates will be recorded photographically and
possibly through measured drawings. The analysis phase will attempt to
evaluate changes in the landscape in terms of the impact on economic
life of the local community with special reference to employment,
access to services such as milling and food resources including fish.
project will result in a series of plans, a photographic archive and a
paper outlining the main findings. Copies of the archive will be
deposited with the National Trust and the Warwickshire County Record
Office. We will also be seeking publication in a recognised journal.
Field work began in March 2011. We are committed to local
involvement in the project and have recruited a regular team
of up to five active volunteers from local history societies in the
area. They will be continue to be given full training and advice on health and safety
questions. The project in undertaken as part of an M.A. in Historical
Archaeology and supported by staff at the University of Leicester's
School of Ancient History and Archaeology.
initial phase of study based on the examination of maps, aerial photographs
and a small amount of field work lead to the creation of two new maps
attempting to show essential features of the landscape around
Farnborough pre- and post- the remodeling of the park in the
mid-eighteenth century. Features continue to be added to each map as they are
documented and explored and as new interpretations develop. On the
first map we have started to plot ridge and furrow and indicate the
possible limits of the medieval village of Farnborough as well as
suggesting an option for an early arrangement of ponds.
The second map incorporates the landscape features as visible in an
estate map of 1772 (including field names) and so does not include the
nineteenth century developments such as the walled garden.
Sometimes you get a feeling that you are not alone!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
THE PROJECT OR WOULD LIKE TO BECOME INVOLVED PLEASE EMAIL THE TEAM
LEADER- STEPHEN WASS
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