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Historic Country Houses of South Gloucestershire: Display 1 of 20

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Estate Plan of Dodington House (D1610/P18)

This image comes from the Estate survey of the Codrington Family estate which contains maps of the manors of Marshfield and Dodington, lands in Old Sodbury and Yate, and the family’s slave estates in Antigua. The maps were drawn between 1768 and 1771 and this section shows the old Dodington House, the adjacent church and part of the Park. It is included here to show that when these country houses were remodelled, the old buildings were very often totally demolished and new footprints were created.  As such these old maps provide a snapshot of what was present before as today, little or nothing survives. This map was surveyed by James Maule and also gives tenants' names, field-names and acreages, making it very useful for family and local historians. James Maule is reputed to have been an illegitimate son of Viscount Maule, 1st Earl of Panmure. He came from Brechin, Scotland and, after making this survey, founded a nursery at Filton, becoming known mainly known as a gardener, rather than a surveyor.