Report on the gardens and grounds at Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire, by Dr Hilary Taylor, landscape historian and consultant, 1991

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a report entitled 'A Report on the Gardens and Pleasure Grounds of Thoresby Hall'. It was compiled by Dr. Hilary A. Taylor in 1991 and submitted to C.G. Whittaker for 'Classic English Gardens', which has apparently never been published.

The report is divided into the following sections:


Description of the Terraced Gardens and Pleasure Gardens;

Historical Review;

Assessment of Condition of Items Currently on Site;

Design Analyis and Proposals for Action;

Summary of Future Management.

The report contains copies of plans and photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Hilary Taylor, of Hilary Taylor Landscape Architects, a Nottingham firm specialising in the conservation of historic gardens and parkland, was also a landscape historian and consultant to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In 1991 Thoresby Hall, formerly the home of the Earls Manvers, had been sold to a hotel management group.


No archival arrangement has been necessary

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The report was given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in 1991.

Related Material

Manvers Collection: a Collection of Estate Papers of the Pierrepont Family, Earls Manvers, of Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire, 1342-1964 (Reference: Ma)