Map of Godinton Estate

Maps and plans

This delightful map of the Godinton Estate by Samuel Pierse, 1621, shows the early house and farm buildings surrounded by walled gardens, ponds, orchards and the parkland fields and woods. This map, along with the account book kept by Captain Nicholas Toke and his nephew Sir Nicholas Toke between 1618 and 1704, gives a fascinating insight into the estate during this period. The park was enclosed by a dike and hedge, with the farmyard and barns on the north side of the house. The account book mentions a “pigeon house”, a “banketing house” an “orrenge house” – and the fishponds were stocked with pike. bream, carp and tench.

Godinton Estate Map by Samuel Pierse
Godinton Estate Map by Samuel Pierse, close up