Mystery Building – Autumn BGT Newsletter – the winners
Many congratulations to: Geoff Huntingford, Sarah Rutherford, Valerie Joynt and Lisa Wormell who presented the correct answers. Bottles of wine will be awarded.
Lodge Park is England’s only surviving and probably most opulent 17th-century grandstand. Created in 1634 by John ‘Crump’ Dutton, Lodge Park indulged his passion for gambling, banqueting and entertaining. Lodge Park houses the best of the Sherborne collection, inherited from Lord Sherborne in 1982, highlights include Kent furniture and family portraits.
The deer park
There was already a park here when Crump inherited the estate in 1618, but he soon set about enclosing it. A warrant signed by Oliver Cromwell in 1655 allowed him to take bucks and roes from Wychwood Forest to fill this new park. The gentry used to hold brutish deer coursing events here with the grandstand at the centre.
In 1726, renowned landscape designer Charles Bridgeman redesigned the parkland at Lodge Park. Although very little of his planting remains today, his designs are still largely intact. In fact, this is the only surviving Bridgeman landscape not to have been overlaid by the better-remembered designers William Kent and Capability Brown. The landscape was designed by Charles Bridgeman in the 1720s-30s, commissioned by Sir John Dutton. Unfortunately it wasn’t completed. Now almost 300 years later work has begun to restore the design. The first 102 trees were planted in January, and include both lime and elm trees. Historically 14,000 elms were planted in the landscape, however none have survived due to diseases such as Dutch elm disease. The elms which have now been planted are disease-resistant Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ elms.