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Newstead Abbey
 
Newstead AbbeyNewstead Abbey was founded by King Henry II about 1170 as an Augustinian Priory. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536 it was converted into a domestic home and is best known as the ancestral home of the famous poet George Gordon Byron who became the 6th Baron Byron.
The gardens, parkland and lakes at Newstead cover more than 300 acres.
 
Waterfall Newstead AbbeyThe lakes and ponds were created by damming the River Leen.
Most of the gardens around the park were created by William's wife Emilia Jane Webb and her daughters Geraldine and Ethel. These include the Fernery, Spanish garden, Japanese garden and Venetia's garden, all can still be seen today. They also planted many of the azaleas and rhododendrons.
The old walled kitchen garden was replaced by The Rose Garden by Nottingham City Council in 1965.

 
Peacock Newstead AbbeyThe last owner of Newstead Sir Julian Cahn gave the estate to Nottingham City Council in 1931, today the Abbey is open to the public for everyone to enjoy.
 
 
Newstead Abbey Gardens  2019
 
 
 
 
Sources for Newstead Abbey
 
Newstead Abbey official website with information for parking, opening times and charges.
 
 
Newstead Abbey a page from Wikipedia.
 
 
Historic England about Newstead Abbey.
 
 
Newstead Abbey garden tour leaflet.
 
 
To see an online map click here
 
 
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