Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park

name =Sheringham Park
category = landscape park and gardens

image_caption = Sheringham Park,The Rhododendron gardens

symbol = NT Logo.png country = England
state = Norfolk
region = East of England
district = North Norfolk
municipality = Sheringham
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established =July 1812
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owner = in the care of the National Trust
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visitation =accessible to the public with a fee
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Sheringham Park is a landscape park and gardens near the town of Sheringham, Norfolk, EnglandOrdnance Survey (2002). "OS Explorer Map 252 - Norfolk Coast East". ISBN 0-319-21888-0.] . The park surrounds Sheringham Hall and has a grid reference of gbmappingsmall|TG133416. The Hall is privately occupied, but Sheringham Park is in the care of the National Trust and open to visitors.

The park was designed by Humphry Repton [Landscapes of Taste: The Art of Humphry Repton's Red Books (Classical Tradition in Architecture): The Art of Humphry Repton's Red Books (Classical Tradition ... Books (Classical Tradition in Architecture) (Hardcover) ISBN 10 0415415039 ] who presented his proposals in July 1812 in the form of one of his Red Books. He described Sheringham as his Cquote| favourite and darling child in Norfolk|10px|10px| Humphry Repton Abbot and Charlotte Upcher bought the Estate in 1811, and successive generations of the Upcher family did much to develop the estate, the Hall and the park, as well as building a school.

There are fine mature woodlands and a large variety of rhododendrons and azaleas. In the early 20th century Henry Morris Upcher obtained Rhododendron seeds of various types from plantsman Ernest "Chinese" Wilson. Many other species of tree and shrub are represented in the garden,including fifteen kinds of magnolia, large specimen pieris. Among the other trees are maples, acers, styrax, eucryphia, Pocket Handkerchief Tree davidia involucrata and a fine example of the Snowdrop Tree Halesia. Several overlook towers provide good views over the gardens, and of the nearby coast and surrounding countryside. A garden temple was constructed in the Park in 1975.


Sheringham Park is located 2 miles south west of the coastal town of Sheringham, 5 miles west of Cromer and 6 miles east of Holt. The main entrance is at the junction of theA148 Cromer to Holt road and the B1157 road to Upper Sheringham. The Norfolk Coastal Path passes through the property. A car park, cafe and visitors centre are near the main entrance. Waymarked paths through the estate link the gardens and visitors centre to the coast, and to the Weybourne station on the North Norfolk Railway, a preserved steam railway. Pedestrian access to the park from the village of Upper Sheringham which is adjacent to the park.

Visitor centre

The visitor centre is located within Wood Farm Barn at the southern end of the park, the barn also houses an exhibition the history and the wildlife of Sheringham Park. There is a reception desk and information kiosk. From the reception there are hearing loops available. There are also wheelchairs and powered mobility vehicles available at no charge although it is necessary to take a small test before use. The refreshment kiosk is also at Wood Farm Barn.

The exhibition area explores the life and work of the landscape architect Humphrey Repton and also of the Upcher family who owned the park. There are several examples of Humphrey Repton’s red book of plans for the designs of the park. Part of the exhibition area has an area dedicated to the wildlife and nature of the park with identification games and interactive displays.


Sheringham Hall

The hall's 71-year lease is currently for sale at £2.35 million. [ [ Country Life article] Retrieved January 19 2008]


External links

* [ Sheringham Park information at the National Trust]
* [ Eco-friendly visitor centre]

Further reading

* Repton, Humphry,Sheringham Red Book, facsimile edition, Basilisk Press, 1976

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