Plumpton Rocks, Plompton - Harrogate

Mid-C18 pleasure grounds laid out with advice from John Carr as the grounds for a country house built within a pre-existing park of C16 origin. Painted by JMW Turner in 1798. Landscape designed around an artificial lake contained by dam, probably designed by John Carr. Lake surrounded by picturesque sandstone outcrops, often surmounted by trees. The lake has been de-silted and the dam has been repaired. Some further works are required to meet the Reservoirs Act.

Plumpton Rocks, Plompton - Harrogate
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Plumpton Rocks
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1000535
  • Local Planning Authority: Harrogate
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden


  • County: North Yorkshire
  • District / Borough: Harrogate
  • Parish: Plompton
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Selby and Ainsty
  • Region: Yorkshire

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Park and garden
  • Condition: Generally satisfactory but with minor localised problems
  • Vulnerability: Medium
  • Trend: Improving
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Registered Park and Garden grade II*, 13 LBs, part in CA