NZ3429 : Wildflowers, Hardwick Hall Country Park

taken 5 months ago, near to Sedgefield, County Durham, Great Britain

Wildflowers, Hardwick Hall Country Park
Wildflowers, Hardwick Hall Country Park
Looking up the hill to the table and chairs installation of NZ3429 : 'Dining out', Hardwick Hall Country Park
Hardwick Park :: NZ3428
John Burdon, a wealthy Tyneside merchant, bought the 150 acre Hardwick Estate in 1748. With the aid of architect, James Paine (1717-89), he developed a range of ornamental buildings, lakes and paths to create a grand Circuit Walk used as a guided walk for the enjoyment and entertainment of his friends. It was basically a playground for rich ladies and gentlemen of the time.

At the end of the C18th, Burdon sold the Park to William Russell and it was then transferred by marriage to the Boyne family. Pleasure gardens had gone out of fashion and the Park went into decline, the buildings became ruined and overgrown and the lakes silted up or drained.
In the C20th, parts of the Park were forested or used for agriculture, and Hardwick Hall was used as a training facility for the unemployed, then a maternity hospital, and eventually a hotel.
In 2001 Durham County Council purchased the whole site with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and embarked on a 10 year restoration project.

Keys to the Past Hardwick Park (Sedgefield) LinkExternal link
National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1000730 LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 28 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 2 July, 2018
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Paths  Park and Public Gardens  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Woodland, Forest  Grassland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3466 2912 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.3593N 1:27.8573W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 34638 29137
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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