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Ashdown Park, Berkshire

Historical Description

Ashdown Park, the seat of the Earl of Craven, in Berks, on a high desolate spot, among bleak downs, near Ridgeway or Icknield Street, 3 miles SSW of White Horse Vale, and 3½ NW of Lambourn. The house was built by Webb, the nephew of Inigo Jones, is in the same style as Coleshill, and contains interesting family portraits. Stones called the Grey Wethers, having some resemblance to a flock of sheep, the remains of a stratum of Bagshot sand, similar in nature to the stones of Stonehenge and Avebury, lie on the turf around the house, and a small circular camp, known as Alfred's Castle, lies to the E.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Ashdown Park are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Berkshire papers online: