Lyveden New Bield

As a devout Catholic, Sir Thomas Tresham began building Lyveden New Bield, his ‘Garden Lodge’, in 1596. The building was to represent the Passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary and takes the form of a Greek Cross. It is decorated with inscriptions, emblems and complex numerology.

Imprisoned and fined for his faith, Sir Thomas sent detailed instructions on the creation of the gardens to his surveyor. It is likely the walk from Lyveden Old Bield to the new ‘Garden Lodge’ was seen as a pilgrimage with the formal gardens planted with plants associated with the Passion. Work on the house and garden was abandoned on Sir Thomas’s death in 1605.

Remains of the garden can still be seen with the moat, mounds and the replanted orchard.

Opening times change at the end of October so check the website before you visit.

National Trust Members visit for free.

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Address: Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 5AT View map Phone: 01832 205259 Length of visit: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: Yes
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - limited: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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