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A deer park is first mentioned at Langley Marish in 1202, continuing in use throughout the Middle Ages. In 1603 Sir John Kederminster was appointed Chief Steward of the Manor of Langley Park, and shortly after replaced the hunting lodge with a house, red brick stables and outbuildings. In 1626 the park and manor were granted to Sir John, ceasing to be Crown property. The park was sold in 1738 to Charles Spencer, third Duke of Marlborough who used it as a hunting lodge until in 1756 he commissioned Stiff Leadbetter to build the present house, finished in 1760. His son George, the fourth Duke, succeeded in 1758 and commissioned Lancelot Brown to landscape Langley Park during his time working at Blenheim. In Brown's account book under Blenheim an entry reads 'A plan for some alterations for Langley. There may be further evidence for Brown's involvement held in the archives at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. In 1788 Robert Bateson-Harvey bought the estate which remained in the family until 1945 when it was sold to Buckinghamshire County Council.

comments (8)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2013, 01:05
Lovely shot of such a grand house and property. I enjoyed the narrative.
John Prior: Thank you Frances
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Feb 2013, 08:33
That is a loooooong history for a deer park, John. I'm amazed. It's such a lovely scene...you can almost see the deer!
John Prior: Thanks Ginnie, some nice bright days recently
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Feb 2013, 08:46
A lovely shot John: the distribution of those trees leading up to the cedar by the house makes it for me
John Prior: Cheers Chris, some good light recently.
A fine winter landscape John
John Prior: Thanks Bill, good weather recently for being out and about.
A lovely shot John, it would be great to live somewhere like this, as long as someone else paid the bills!
John Prior: I've always fancied being lord of the manor smile
something a bit creepy in this shot ... living in that house so close to that swamp ... very Scooby Doo
John Prior: Hi Crash, just flat grassland, admittedly a little flooded in places after all the rain and snow, but certainly not a swamp smile
Very dramatic with those bare trees
John Prior: Thank you Elizabeth, I find the light is often very good in February.
Missed this one John, a splendid capture, those trees are wonderful.

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