Toddington Manor Gardens
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Toddington Manor offers a modern mixture of walled garden, herb garden, rose garden, and lakeside walks. The garden is a modern restoration begun by Sir Neville and Lady Bowman-Shaw in 1979.
There is a lovely pleached-lime walk, a nut walk, and an enjoyable mix of old favourite shrubs, vines, and flowers.
Within the grounds are the remains of a 13th century manor built by Sir Paulinus Pever, a royal steward under Henry III. The Manor estate has an extremely long history going back to well before the Norman invasion in 1066.
The Manor stands on the site of a 16th century house built by the Cheney family. Sir Thomas Cheney gained the estate in 1559 when he married Anne Broughton, the daughter of Sir John Broughton of Toddington. Cheney was an influential politician in the court of Henry VIII and over time amassed vast estates in Bedfordshire and Kent. His son Henry Cheney built an opulent manor house at Toddington, and it was here that he was knighted by Elizabeth I in 1563. The manor house was huge, standing three storeys high, with imposing corner towers.
When Lord Cheney died without heirs the Toddington estate passed to the Wentworths of Nettlestead. Baroness Wentworth had a tumultuous life; she had an affair with Charles II's illegitimate son, the Duke of Monmouth, and in 1683 the Duke hid at Toddington Manor after the ill-judged Rye House Plot to kill the king was discovered. Baroness Wentworth followed Monmouth into exile, but returned to Toddington and died at the Manor in 1686, one year after Monmouth's execution.
Toddington Manor should not be confused with a house of the same name near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
The garden is open only on selected days throughout the year - please check openings to avoid disappointment!
About Toddington Manor
Address: Park Road, Toddington, Bedfordshire, England, LU5 6HJ
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: On a minor road just to the northwest of the village, which is off the M1
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Toddington, St George's Church - 0.9 miles (Historic Church)
Toddington Castle - 1 miles (Castle)
Chalgrave, All Saints Church - 1.5 miles (Historic Church)
Chalgrave Castle - 1.7 miles (Castle)
Woburn Abbey - 2.7 miles (Historic House)
Potsgrove, St Mary's Church - 3 miles (Historic Church)
Woburn Safari Park - 3.6 miles (Family Attraction)
Woburn, St Mary's Church - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
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