Why was Canons Park once one of Britain’s finest palaces?

Duke of Chandos and Canons Park image depicts park landscape with lawn and trees in autumn

In the early 1700s, it was home to the Duke of Chandos, who poured millions of pounds into the house and gardens, turning it into a centre of collecting and connoisseurship which astounded everyone who visited. It even rivaled Blenheim Palace in its grandeur.

Based on years of research, and developed in collaboration with the Friends of Canons Park and TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) at the University of Oxford, this walking tour will allow you to explore the rise and fall of Canons Park. You’ll retrace the Duke of Chandos’ steps through the grounds, find out what the trees in the garden say about his taste in art and architecture, and how a temple reveals something of empire and slavery.

Although the audio tour obviously works best when at Canons Park itself, it can also be viewed at home via the link below.

Canons Park Audio Tour


You can read more about this project on Aaron Graham's KE Fellowship page.