I am surprised that the park is only Grade 2, and not Grade 2 star. At the time of listing it does not appear that the compiler had read what had been published about Thomas Wright up to that date. In the current assessment of Horton by my wife for a proposed biography, she is fairly certain that the serpentining is by Wright, as is the bridge/cascade etc. The placing of the demolished rotunda (probably by Wright), the Menagerie etc, would suggest that Wright remodelled the park. Although the Arches is stylistically by Garrett, she is not so sure about the Temple, that resembles an unidentified design. The case is a difficult one that would be helped if the landscape could be upgraded.

John Harris

Historian and along with his wife Eileen, the pre-eminent experts on Thomas Wright

The Trust is very supportive of the Horton Park Conservation Group and endorses the views of the Garden History Society.  My members are very anxious that Horton Park is conserved, possibly restored, and deplore any procedure to reduce its value as an important registered designed landscape.  Many members of the Trust know and value Horton Park and you may not be aware that both Gervase Jackson Stopps and Ian Kirby were among the founder members of the Trust and continued their membership until their untimely deaths.  On previous occasions we supported Gervase on planning matters concerning encroachment and debasement of the parkland.

Jenny Burt

Chairman of the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust

Horton has a fascinating if largely forgotten history and while we may have lost the Hall, the green space should be preserved for the enjoyment of all.

Jo Wynsor

Local resident

The protection given to the site needs to be enforced. The importance of Horton Park to the history of both our country and our county needs no further elucidation, and so little of the park as it appeared in its glory days remain, so it is even more important to protect what is still in situ.

Brian Binley

MP

Development on the park should not be allowed.

Hackleton Parish Council

Please, please for future generations save this beautiful space and its architecture.

Heather Morris

For too long now we have had to endure the creep of urbanisation into our green and pleasant land.

Robert (Bob) Atkinson

Councillor

Stop encroachment onto the park and river!

Barbara Warner

I live in Northampton and I object to the enclosure of Horton Park into private garden. Please planners do your job and save this beautiful place for the nation!

Susie Frimel

Local resident

This is a most beautiful haven of England’s history which should be left undisturbed, as it has been for centuries before now. And the Heritage Protection Bill must be enforced before more of England’s natural countryside falls into the hands of the developers.

Leo Sayer

Entertainer

There is nothing more special than the harmonious work between nature, man and history. Horton Park is a great example of this kind of heritage and It must be protected.

Donatella Piccinetti

The park is an important historic landscape. It has great significance in the history of the evolution of managed landscapes in Britain.

Jeremy Norman

Horton Park must be preserved. Heritage once lost is rarely recovered!

Mariana Tufarelli

Dear Neighbour

As you may be aware, over the last few months I have been gathering information about Horton Hall, with a particular emphasis on its final years before demolition. Many people have shown an interest in this project and have been extremely supportive, for which I thank you all.

Although the time I have been able to devote to this has had to temporarily reduce recently due to an exceptionally heavy workload, it is still very much on the ‘To Do…’ list and I was therefore delighted to hear about Jezzar Giray’s work on the conservation of Horton Park. For those of you who don’t know him, Jezzar lives at The Temple House and he is the driving force behind the Horton Park Conservation Group. He’s asked me to help him raise awareness in this area.

Backed by English Heritage, The Garden History Society, SAVE Britain’s Heritage, The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and many eminent scholars in the field, the Group passionately wants to protect what is left of the park from development. As we all know, Horton is being ‘mugged’ on an ongoing basis by developers both large and small, most notably with the loss of the historic kitchen gardens at The Nurseries, now buried under 6 vast ‘Executive’ homes completely out of keeping with the immediate area and shoe-horned into too small a space.

I know that the desire or need to make money is becoming increasingly strong in this modern world and many people see open space as an opportunity to do exactly that. For now, those that have purchased parts of Horton Park seek only to enclose the land but as time goes on and this space is integrated into their gardens or when their properties change hands, we will no doubt start to see planning applications for development of that land.

The planning decisions made in recent years show, to my mind, that we can’t trust South Northants Planning Department to always make the right decisions when it comes to preserving our environment here in Horton. We are but temporary custodians of this area and I believe that we have a duty to ensure that this special place is preserved for future generations.

Some people don’t care too much about history and heritage and that’s fine. But we are fortunate to live in an area with a fascinating history and it is partly that that puts Horton high on the list of desirable places to live – a fact that impacts positively on all of our house prices, even in these somewhat challenging times. If we don’t protect our green space, then not only will it soon disappear under bricks and mortar but the very essence of life here will change.

Thank you for your time and interest.

Yours

Jo Wynsor

Local resident