C18 landscape park on C16/C17 royal forest site,
improved c.1800 by Humphry Repton for Thomas
Graeme, municipal park since 1937: mature informal
parkland with fine specimen trees, remains of
avenues, network of walks; picturesque wooded valley
of River Frome with glenside walks, rock outcrops
ornamented from earlier quarries; island, boat-house
(now lost) area with dense planting of bamboo,
aucuba, rhododendron, other shrubs; ornamented
stream with pools cascade and bridges; cottages
ornées (now lost); C.20 additions; children’s
playground, playing fields and changing rooms, depot
on site of former walled garden;
modern planting of decorative trees and
shrubs in central area; safety fencing above river
glen; layout otherwise intact.
House c.1600, demolished 1960.
Part Stapleton & Frome Valley Conservation Area.