Caring for the legend of the wild bull: an interpretation of the Georgian landscape of Chillingham Park, Northumberland

Hall, Stephen (2010) Caring for the legend of the wild bull: an interpretation of the Georgian landscape of Chillingham Park, Northumberland. Garden History, 38 . pp. 213-230. ISSN 0307-1243

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Abstract

Chillingham Park, Northumberland has been, at least since 1645, the home of the Chillingham Wild White Cattle. From 1799 it was developed, following the design of the estate steward, John Bailey, as a 1500 acre (600 hectares) park explicitly for the maintenance of the cattle, with fallow and red deer. Evidence is given for the inspiration of Bailey’s design as having been to recreate the supposed pristine habitat of the cattle, and to maintain relatively high herd numbers, by securing their winter feed supply. No other parks were, apparently, laid out following this model, the combination of association with an eponymous breed, quest for habitat authenticity and agronomic functionality making Chillingham Park unique.

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Additional Information:Chillingham Park, Northumberland has been, at least since 1645, the home of the Chillingham Wild White Cattle. From 1799 it was developed, following the design of the estate steward, John Bailey, as a 1500 acre (600 hectares) park explicitly for the maintenance of the cattle, with fallow and red deer. Evidence is given for the inspiration of Bailey’s design as having been to recreate the supposed pristine habitat of the cattle, and to maintain relatively high herd numbers, by securing their winter feed supply. No other parks were, apparently, laid out following this model, the combination of association with an eponymous breed, quest for habitat authenticity and agronomic functionality making Chillingham Park unique.
Keywords:landscape history
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C180 Ecology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V143 Modern History 1700-1799
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D445 Heritage Management
L Social studies > L727 Agricultural Geography
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K300 Landscape Design
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:3880
Deposited By: Stephen Hall
Deposited On:18 Jan 2011 18:21
Last Modified:02 Sep 2014 09:21

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