Oulton Estate

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In the early 18th century the Oulton Estate consisted of a manor house and a formal garden surrounded by farmland in Cheshire, England. Later in the century the farmland was converted into a park. The estate is now the site of the motor racing track called Oulton Park.



In 1731 Philip Egerton (1694–1766) inherited the estate on the death of his uncle, John Egerton (1656–1731). At that time the estate consisted of a house, a formal garden and farmland totalling . At his death in 1766 Philip was succeeded by his brother John, and then in 1770 by his son Philip (1738–1786). By this time the fashion for formal gardens had been overtaken by the concept of a landscaped garden with surrounding parkland. Philip Egerton commissioned William Emes to plan this for his estate. The plan was to do away with the formal garden, to divert the brook and by building dams, to create two lakes connected by a cascade. A banqueting hall was to be built on an island in the larger lake. There was to be extensive planting of trees and shrubs. The park was to include a bowling......
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