Ashdown House, Oxfordshire


Ashdown House, Oxfordshire

Ashdown House (also known as Ashdown Park) is a 17th century house in the civil parish of Ashbury in the English county of Oxfordshire. Until 1974 the house was in the county of Berkshire, and the nearby village of Lambourn remains in that county.

Ashdown House is famous for its associations with Elizabeth of Bohemia, the sister of Charles I. Along with his house at Hamstead Marshall, it is said that the Earl of Craven built Ashdown for her, but she died before construction began.cite web | title = Berkshire History : Ashdown Park | url = http://www.berkshirehistory.com/castles/ashdown_park.html | publisher = Nash Ford Publishing | date = 2002 | accessdate = 2008-02-22]

Ashdown House has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1956. The house is tenanted, and public access is restricted to the roof, which has spectacular views, and to the neighbouring Ashdown Woods.cite web | title = Ashdown House : Facilities | publisher = National Trust |url = http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-ashdownhouse/w-ashdownhouse-facilities.htm
accessdate = 2008-02-22
] cite web | title = Ashdown House : What to see & do | publisher = National Trust | url = http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-ashdownhouse/w-ashdownhouse-seeanddo.htm| accessdate = 2008-02-22]

Nearby are a large group of sarsen stones and Alfred's Castle, an Iron Age hill fort.

See also

*Battle of Ashdown

References

External links

* [http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-ashdownhouse/ Ashdown House information at the National Trust]
* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/castles/ashdown_park.html Berkshire History: Ashdown Park]



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