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Britian's Oldest Hedge Maze

Bellingham Maze - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This weeks piece of trivia for all you Mazies out there is about Britian's oldest hedge maze - Hampton Court maze.

Enjoy reading!

The team at Bellingham Maze

The World's Oldest Hedge Maze

The oldest hedge maze in Britain is the Hampton Court maze; not so huge, perhaps, but amazing considering that it was built in 1689 and is written about in novels and poems. Hundreds of thousands of people visit this maze that was created during the time of William of Orange.

The maze at Hampton Court was designed by George London and Henry Wise and commissioned around 1700 by William III. Originally planted using hornbeam and later replanted using yew, the Hampton Court maze covers a third of an acre, is trapezoid in shape and is the UK's oldest surviving hedge maze.

The maze itself is referred to as a multicursal or puzzle maze and is known for confusing and intriguing visitors with its many twists, turns and dead ends.  Before the creation of the Hampton Court maze, unicursal or single path mazes were the most popular form of maze in the UK. Unlike the puzzle maze, the single path maze has one path, usually in a spiral shape, winding to a centre point.