Danbury Park, Danbury / Sandon - Chelmsford

Mid C19 gardens created for the Bishops of Rochester, focussed on the early C19 Danbury Palace and set with a C16-C18 landscape park developed by the Mildmay, Fytche and Round families from an earlier medieval deer park. The site is divided between multiple owners, resulting in discordant management, obstructed views and fragmentation of the designed landscape. Numerous features, such as the icehouse, ha-ha, lakes, and Lime Avenue are deteriorating. An historic landscape survey exists, but a shared vision and strategy for improved management across the whole site is required.

Danbury Park, Danbury / Sandon - Chelmsford
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Danbury Park
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1000739
  • Local Planning Authority: Chelmsford
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Landscape park


  • County: Essex
  • District / Borough: Chelmsford
  • Parish: Danbury / Sandon
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Maldon
  • 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, SM, part in CA

Contact Details

Christopher Laine 020 7973 3473

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England