Kingscote Park, Gloucestershire
Kingscote Park (formerly Kingscote Cottage) is a grade II listed house and country estate in Kingscote, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England. The original Kingscote Park was demolished in 1951. Both houses formed part of the manor of Kingscote which was held by the Kingscote family from the 12th century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book as 'Chingescote'.
The original house
It was owned by Anthony Kingscote, whose daughter Catherine married Edward Jenner on 6 March 1788. The couple met in the grounds of the manor house when a balloon that Edward Jenner was experimenting with landed in the park.
In April 1829, the grounds were described in The Gardener's Magazine as 'A fine place; the pleasure-grounds extensive, and within the last five years greatly improved'.
In 1914, Frank Henry, writing of Colonel Sir Robert Nigel Fitzhardinge Kingscote, who owned Kingscote Park until his death in 1906, describes 'one of the finest racecourses in England' being in the estate grounds, 'although it has not been used for that purpose since 1825'. Also, of 'a secluded dell in the Park' where 'many prize fights were contested'.
In 1915, the house was described as 'a large and handsome building of stone, in a well-wooded park of about 300 acres'. The owner was Nigel Richard Fitzhardinge Kingscote, of 4 Southwich Crescent, Hyde Park, but the estate was leased to John Jameson Cairness, who resided there.
The cottage's origins date to a building, possibly a farmhouse, from the 18th century. It was enlarged in the 1790s and then extended, again, in the mid-1800s. It was the dower house to the original Kingscote Park.
Following the demolition of the original house, the cottage, described as 'a particularly attractive Regency Period home of moderate size', and 'about 289 acres', were offered for sale as 'Kingscote Park' in 1956. The property was purchased by the owners of 'Kingscote Grange'. The house is now used as holiday accommodation.
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