Report number: 84/2015

Title Wrest Park, Silsoe, Essex: Bathhouse Grounds, Analytical Earthwork Survey
Summary This report describes the results of analytical earthwork survey in the Bathhouse Grounds area of the gardens at Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire. It should be seen as supplemental to the previous report on landscape investigations at Wrest Park (Alexander et al 2014). The Bathhouse was built, and the grounds laid out, between about 1769 and 1772 under Lord Hardwick. Numerous features were recorded relating to these grounds though a lack of visual sources makes it difficult to be sure which elements were original. A clear picture of the Bathhouse Grounds begins to emerge after about 1830, becoming much more so following the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1881. Earlier features, some probably from the early 18th century, were also recorded but the only definite examples are located outside the Bathhouse Grounds proper, to the north of Broadwalk. Though some features within the grounds may also be from a similar date this was less certain. Later features, some from the 1970s and even more recent were also identified.
Series Research Department Reports
Pages 55
  • Alexander, M
  • Chamberlin, E
  • Newsome, S