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November 2015 – News Letter

Dear All,

The Autumn Season has got off to a flying start for Valerie and myself!   Our ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations have gone down very well, and we had a fascinating day in Woodbridge.   Let’s get down to the details: Continue reading

54 – Nov 15 – 1901-03 – Bushey House, Bushey, Hertfordshire

Bushey House was owned by a prosperous London solicitor, Mr George Lake between c1865 and 1899.   He wasted no time in improving and renovating the house – a project that included the installation of a gas works to light the house, and a mains water system to supply the cistern, bathroom and toilets.   Nothing much else is known about Mr Lake, apart from the fact that he was partly responsible for ensuring that the Almshouses in Bushey were ‘completed on time’. [i]   Continue reading

53 – Oct 15 – 1873 – Smithills Hall, Bolton, Lancashire

On the edge of Bolton, in Greater Manchester, there is a splendid, rambling Elizabethan manor house called Smithills Hall.   It is one of the oldest halls in Lancashire – part of it actually dates back to the reign of King John in the 14th century, and it has been added to progressively since that time.   Continue reading

September 2015 – News Letter

Dear All,

I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer, and managed to visit a few Pulham sites on your travels.

In my News Letter for November ’14, I included some notes about a number of Pulham sites that were either scheduled for; were in the process of, or had recently benefitted from major restoration work, largely as a result of their local ‘Friends’ or councils receiving considerable grants from the Heritage Lottery FundContinue reading

52 – Sep 15 – 1922-23 – Dunira, near Comrie, Perthshire

This article is an extract from James Pulham in Scotland, previously published in The Rock Garden Magazine #131, in July 2013


The final currently known Pulham site in Scotland is Dunira, near Comrie, in Perthshire, of which very little now remains.   Like Mount Stuart – see Site of the Moth #50, Jul 15 – these gardens were designed by one of the greatest English landscape artists of all time, Thomas Mawson, and they were also one of the very few gardens constructed by James Pulham and Son after the First World War. Continue reading

51 – Aug 15 – 1880 – Ware Park Manor, Hertford, Hertfordshire

Ware Park was only a few miles from the Pulhams’ headquarters in Broxbourne, and comes under the general heading of ‘small projects’.   The land on which they worked – at what is now Ware Park – used to be associated with the stable block of Ware Park Manor, which, strangely enough, is located in what is now known as the Hertford suburb of Bengeo.[i]

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50 – Jul 15 – 1898 – Mount Stuart, Argyll and Bute

This article is an extract from James Pulham in Scotland, previously published in The Rock Garden Magazine #131, in July 2013


James Pulham and Son worked with the eminent landscape architect, Thomas Mawson, on a number of occasions.   Their first collaboration was in Belle Vue Park, Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1893 – the first contract that Mawson was awarded for a municipal park project – and they evidently got on well because, when the 3rd Marquess of Bute commissioned Mawson to design a new garden for him to the west of his house at Mount Stuart in 1898, he invited James 2 to work with him again.   Continue reading