Canons Ashby Conservation Management Plan
Situated in a quiet backwater of rural Northamptonshire, the hamlet of Canons Ashby offers a unique insight into the historic development of an English village, monastery, manor house and park over the course of a millennium. An unusual degree of continuity in ownership and land use has resulted in a rare survival of multiple phases of historic development, the interrelationships of which combine to form a truly fascinating palimpsest landscape. We prepared a management plan for the National Trust that brought together a clear and comprehensive understanding of this complex landscape, much of which is designated as a Scheduled Monument as well as a Grade II* Registered Park & Garden, enabling its cohesive and holistic management. We have subsequently been commissioned to design an overflow car park that will sit sympathetically within the site.