Belhus Park - Thurrock (UA)

C18 landscape park laid out for Lord Dacre by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown between 1753 and 1763, incorporating C17 and early C18 elements with later additions by Richard Woods in 1770. The house was demolished in 1957 and the M25 motorway cuts through the eastern park, and surviving features including Brown’s shrubbery and Woods’ Long Pond are in very poor condition. The site is now divided amongst multiple public and private owners, supporting a golf course and other formal and informal recreational uses. The whole landscape requires a shared vision and strategy for improved management.

Belhus Park - Thurrock (UA)
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Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Belhus Park
    Heritage Category:
    Registered Park and Garden grade II
    List Entry Number:
    1000738
    Local Planning Authority:
    Thurrock (UA)
    Site Type:
    Gardens parks and urban spaces > Landscape park

Location

    Unitary Authority:
    Thurrock (UA)
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Thurrock
    Region:
    East of England

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Park and garden
    Condition:
    Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems
    Vulnerability:
    High
    Trend:
    Declining
    Ownership:
    Mixed, multiple owners
    Designation:
    Registered Park and Garden grade II, 2 LBs