Prior Park

Prior Park is a Palladian house, designed by John Wood, the Elder in the 1730s and 1740s for Ralph Allen, on a hill overlooking Bath, Somerset, England. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.

The house was built to demonstrate the properties of Bath Stone as a building material. The design followed work by Andrea Palladio and was influenced by drawings originally made by Colen Campbell for Wanstead House in Essex. The main block had 15 bays and each of the wings 17 bays each. The surrounding parkland had been laid out in 1100 but following the purchase of the land by Allen 11.3 hectares (28 acres) were established as a landscape garden. Features in the garden include a Palladian Bridge which is also Grade I listed. Prior Park Landscape Garden is now owned by the National Trust.

Following Allen's death the estate passed down through his family. In 1828 it was purchased by Bishop Baines for use as a Roman Catholic College. The house was then extended and a chapel and gymnasium built by Henry Goodridge. The house is now used by Prior Park College.

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... The first park on the site was set out by John of Tours the Bishop of Bath and Wells around 1100, as part of a deer park, and subsequently sold to Humphrey ... Prior Park's 11.3 hectares (28 acres) landscape garden was laid out by the poet Alexander Pope between the construction of the house and 1764 ... In 1993 the park and pleasure grounds were acquired by the National Trust ...
Peter Hutton (priest) - Life
... So in 1830 he went to Prior Park, where he taught Classics ... in 1836, where he studied till be was recalled to Prior Park in 1839 by Bishop Baines to replace Father Furlong (who had just joined the Order of Charity) as President of St ... Peter's, and ordered him to return to Prior Park as an ordinary professor ...
Prior Park College
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