English: Netley Abbey was founded in 1239 as a house near Southampton in Hampshire, England, for monks of the austere Cistercian order. Closed in 1536 and converted to a mansion, it was abandoned and partially demolished in the 18th century. The ruins attracted the attention of artists, dramatists and poets, and inspired many works of art. Becoming a popular tourist attraction, the ruins were given to the nation; it is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, cared for by English Heritage.
In the 1760s, sections of Netley Abbey were moved to this park and used to build a folly.