Hale Park

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Hale Park
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Hale House
Hale Park is located in Hampshire
Hale Park
General information
StatusComplete
LocationHale, Hampshire
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates50°57′55″N 1°44′21″W / 50.9654°N 1.7391°W / 50.9654; -1.7391
Completedc. 1715
ClientThomas Archer
Design and construction
ArchitectThomas Archer
DesignationsGrade I listed

Hale Park is a country house and landscape park in the village of Hale, Hampshire. It was designed and built by Thomas Archer around 1715.

Hale House[edit]

Hale House was built by Thomas Archer, Groom Porter to Queen Anne, and Baroque architect, who bought the manor of Hale sometime after 1712.[1] He demolished an Elizbethan mansion which had been designed by John Webb for the Penruddock family.[2][3] The house was designed and built by Archer around 1715.[3] It was remodelled around 1792 by the architect Henry Holland.[3] Other alterations were made in the early and late 19th century.[4]

The house has two storeys and seven bay-windows at the front.[5][3] It has cement rendered walls, a portico with pediment and Corinthian columns, and a slate roof.[5] The service wings flank the house but are detached.[5] They also are of two storeys, with cement rendered walls and slate roofs.[5]

It is now a Grade I listed building.[4] The house is in private ownership and is not open to the public.

Hale Park[edit]

The grounds were laid out from about 1715 by Thomas Archer.[6] During the 19th century and early 20th century the grounds were simplified and new features were added to the gardens.[6]

The park includes a circular pool surrounded by yew hedging and topiary shapes.[6] There is a Ha ha towards the south.[6] The park contains a number of copses, and lodges including the South Lodge which has a Doric portico.[6] Tree avenues cross the park, including a lime avenue which runs north east to Hatchett Lodge, and extends beyond park.[6] The Mount is possibly from the 17th-century house and is enclosed by hedging.[6]

At one time there was an ice house in the park.[7]

Saint Mary's church[edit]

The parish church of Hale is in Hale Park to the north-west of the house.[1] It was originally a medieval church modified in the 17th century, and then rebuilt in 1717 by Thomas Archer.[8] The older nave and chancel were retained,[5] and new transepts added.[8] It was reroofed in the 19th century when a bellcote was added on the north transept.[8] There are stained glass windows in the chancel and south transept.[5]

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