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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

49 – Jun 15 – 1868-74 – Hutton Hall, Guisborough, North Yorkshire

Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease Bart – M.P. for South Durham, and grandson of Edward Pease, the ‘Father of the Railways’ – lived in Hutton Hall, near Guisborough, Cleveland, a small market town on the Northern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, and in 1868 he commissioned James Pulham and Son to construct: Continue reading

48 – May 15 – 1882 – Halton House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Baron Lionel de Rothschild – of the famous international banking family, and owner of Gunnersbury Park, in London (see ‘Site of the Month’ #15 – Aug 12) – bought Halton estate, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1853.   He did nothing of any significance with it, however, and eventually gave it to his middle son, Alfred, a bachelor and confirmed city dweller.[i] Continue reading