Gunnersbury Park is a large landscaped park in Brentford, West London, that includes several follies and an 18th century mansion.
The grounds were purchased for the nation by the Rothschild family and opened by Neville Chamberlain in 1926.
The name of the park derives from Gunylda, the niece of the Viking King Canute who lived there until her banishment from England in 1044.
Gunnersbury House was designed by John Webb, the son-in-law of Inigo Jones and is the centerpiece of the park, a Palladian mansion modeled on the Villa Badoer, a villa in Fratta Polesine in the Veneto region of northern Italy.
In 1760, the house and estate were purchased for Princess Amelia, the second daughter of George II as her country summer retreat.
The park is famous for its collection of Gothic follies, the Orangery and a large temple folly from 1760 overlooking a boating lake. The Gothic follies were designed by Pulham and Son, the eminent firm of Victorian and Edwardian landscape artists.
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