Publication date: 24 October 2016
Category: Regional History
Clumber Park is one of the jewels of the Nottinghamshire countryside. It is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woodland covering more than 1,500 hectares (3,800 acres) carved out of the ancient Sherwood Forest. Though it appears to be an entirely natural environment, it is in fact a man-made creation, and the result of one family, the Dukes of Newcastle, changing the landscape to suit their own private pleasure. Though Clumber House was demolished in 1938, Clumber Park is still a place of superlatives. Within its magnificent changing landscape can be found the longest double lime tree avenue in Europe, an extravagant Gothic-style chapel with Charles Eamer Kempe windows, a man-made two mile-long lake, and the longest glasshouse owned by the National Trust set within its eighteenth-century walled kitchen garden. Featuring stunning new photography and evocative archive images, this guidebook brings Clumber Parks hidden past to life, and reveals the extravagance and ambition of its creators.