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57 – Feb 16 – 1891 – Carpenders Park, Watford, Hertfordshire

Robert Russell Carew – who made his fortune in India growing sugar and producing gin and rum [1] – purchased the mansion at Carpenders Park in 1862, in the area that used to be known as the Woodwalks, near Watford.  Continue reading

56 – Jan 16 – 1883-85 – The Rectory, Benington, Hertfordshire

This month’s site is something different.   In fact, it is something completely unique in my experience, and I was only made aware of it after the publication of my book, ‘Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy’.   A lady told me one day that she had recently been to an ‘Open Garden Day’ in Benington, near Stevenage, and wanted to know if I had ever seen the Pulham grotto there?   Continue reading

A Fascinating Day in Woodbridge

I promised in my last News Letter that I would write a short account of a visit that Val and I made to Woodbridge in October..   I think it was possibly the only wet day during the whole of the month, but it was nevertheless a fascinating trip.   We had been to Woodbridge before, but this was the first time we gave ourselves the opportunity to look around some of the Pulhams’ old Home Town. Continue reading

Christmas 2015 – News Letter

Dear All,

It is unusual for me to produce two News Letters within one month of each other, but Christmas is almost upon us, and this one is rather special. Continue reading

55 – Dec 15 – 1845 – Bayfordbury, near Hertford, Hertfordshire

In 1845 – three years after he created his first ever rock garden for John Warner at ‘Woodlands’, in Hoddesdon – James 2 was awarded his first landscaping commission by William Robert Baker to build a rockery and rose garden at his imposing Georgian and Regency mansion at Bayfordbury, on the outskirts of Hertford.  Continue reading

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