Monument record BNL 017 - 19th century park, Benhall Lodge Park

Please read our .


19th century park associated with Benhall (New) Lodge.


Grid reference Centred TM 370 609 (1422m by 931m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM36SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Park associated with Benhall (New) Lodge see BNL 047. For Medieval deer park see BNL 019 which is associated with Benhall Old Lodge, see BNL 046.

The house, and its immediate surroundings, are depicted in Davy's Seats of 1828 and the earliest cartographic representation of the park appears on a map attached to a sale catalogue. The park came into existence around the time the present house was built. The 1830 sale catalogue describes the park as "well wooded, and belted by a most luxuriant Plantation for nearly two miles". The park covered 76 acres, the yards pleasure grounds and plantations 21 acres, the kitchen garden and orchaerd just over 2.5 acres and the belt clumps within the park a further 20 acres: making a total of just over 120 acers (c.50ha).The park was cultivated for the preservation of game. By 1847, when the Tithe Map was surveyed for Benhall, the park had been extended to the east, although a public road "Park Lane" was not closed. A new drive was created which ran south-westwards from the house to the main highway. The old eastern entrance located at the extreme south-eastern corner of the park - was removed, and the east drive realigned to the northwest of the old position (as it does toda). New planting was undertaken (S1) Depicted as Benhall Lodge Park on 1st edition OS Map (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Williamson,T. & Taigel, A.. 1992-1994. A Survey of Historic Parks and Gardens in Suffolk.
  • <S2> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey, 1st edition 1" map.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (0)

Record last edited

May 15 2018 4:58PM

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.