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Ruined Priory Archaeological Investigations

Archive material in the form of engravings, maps, written descriptions produced by 19th century visitors to The Leasowes and William Shenstone's own paintings have provided evidence of the locations and appearance of many of the structures which Shenstone erected in his garden. Whilst sadly, none of these now remain visible above ground, archaeological excavations have identified the original foundations and footings of many of these features. The following pages provide further detail of the evidence for the location and appearance of some of William Shenstone's more significant structures which would have adorned his garden at The Leasowes in the 18th century.