Norbury Park House

Along the Mole Gap Trail…

A later 18th mansion built for William Lock.

At the footbridge, look back north in the direction from which you have come. Look up to the large, white house that is Norbury Park House. The house was built in 1774 on this high point for William Lock, owner of Norbury Park. He was an early exponent of the ‘Picturesque’, an aesthetic movement that took root in the 18th Century and was first expounded by artist and author William Gilpin. The Movement looked at landscape as if it were picture. Lock chose the location for his house and laid out Norbury Park in accordance with Picturesque principles. Today it is registered by Historic England as a historic park.