Trent Park

 

Church Hill
House from where Lady Arabella Stuart escaped 

Trent Park
Grounds were bought by the County Council in 1951 for a country park. The estate formed after the enclosure of part of Enfield Chase in 1777 was acquired by Sir Richard Jebb, a royal physician 1787, knighted after he had saved the life of the Duke of Gloucester at Trent in the Tyrol. Landscaped park with areas of woodland towards the Hadley Road edge adjacent to Merryhill Farm.  Formerly part of Enfield Chase, the park includes the moat of the lost mansion of the 14th Earl of Hereford. The two large lakes from 18th landscaping by Humphrey Repton. The Trails include the woodland trail for the blind, created by a former blind resident, and the former park manager.
House.  Jebb built a small villa, described as 'a singular loggia in the Italian style', 3 by 40 ft, apparently an older building. He supplemented it with outbuildings and a library. This building later added to and altered by F.A. Bevan in 1894. Apart from the service wing, these 19th additions were demolished or disguised in 1926-31, when Sir Philip Sassoon M.P. transformed the house as a setting for his theatrical interests. His architect was Philip Tilden who added wings to the front and cased the house in red brick with stone dressings and a parapet. He used materials from the demolished Devonshire House, Piccadilly. During the Second World War the mansion became an interrogation centre for airmen.  Then a Prisoner-of-war camp with the captured Afrika Corps General von Thoma.  In 1952 it became a Middlesex County Council Teachers Training College and became part of Middlesex Polytechnic in 1974 and Middlesex University in 1992
Swimming pool framed by red brick Orangery
Orangery designed by Reginald Cooper
Garden statuary. Lead figures of Actaeon and Venus, from Wrest Park. A pair of lead sphinxes, by Nost, from Stowe. Two more lead groups, also from Stowe, by Nost after Giovanni da Bologna. Hercules and Autaeus by Nost c.1700. once considered at risk. Brought to the park in the mid-1920s from Stowe by Sir Philip Sassoon. 
Stables and Courtyard. Jebb's outbuildings were replaced in the 19th. buildings on three sides with brick arches
Estate cottages. Built by R. C.L. Bevan between 1837 and 1890.
College Buildings. A scatter of indifferent buildings for the College of the 1950s onwards by the MCC, others by the Borough of Enfield, N. C. Dowell, 1972-4-
Lodge half- timbered 19th
Leeging Breek Gutter dammed to form the Fish Pond
Obelisk   1792 garden feature brought by Sassoon from Wrest Park, Bedfordshire; early 18th
Wisteria Walk a pergola with Italian columns 18th
Gates in a semicircular brick and stone exedra masking the lodge.

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