Home Counties

Gazetteer of principal Pulham sites in the Home Counties.

Dates

Work Description

Grid Ref

Visitor Access

1849

BEDFORDSHIRE, Clophill, St Mary’s Church  

See Chapter 2

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1909-10

BEDFORDSHIRE, Luton, Luton Hoo  

The fountain on the lower back terrace is by Pulham, but the sundial and Balustraded wall is not certain.   The rock garden is mainly built from natural stone, with Pulhamite mortar.   Good condition, access to visitors only.   There is a ‘Luton Tub’ listed in the firm’s Catalogue.   EH Registered Park and Gardens.   FR Diary:  1909-10 – ‘Rock and water garden’.

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1876

BEDFORDSHIRE, Old Warden, Swiss Garden  

See Chapter 10.

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1828-31

BEDFORDSHIRE, Silsoe, St James’ Church  

Designed by Thomas Smith, Pulhams were probably involved in its construction.

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1930s

BERKSHIRE, Ascot, Buckhurst Park  

Balustraded terrace and fountain

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1891

BERKSHIRE, Reading, ‘The Acacias’  

Conservatory with fernery, cliffs, pools etc.  One of the best surviving examples of a Pulham fernery, which used to be part of Reading University, and still exists.    Not open to the public.

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1898-1906

BERKSHIRE, Sunningdale, Sunningdale Park  

Pulhams enlarged ornamental lake, and created areas of rockwork – with cascades etc – between that and the house.   Still in good condition.   (Featured as Site of the Month in August 2011)

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1879-85

BERKSHIRE, Wokingham, Bearwood College  

‘Rock Garden, Cascade, Stream’.   Very overgrown, but still in good condition – special ’tilting rock’ feature.   Pumps by Green and Carter.   EH Registered Park and Garden.   Designed by James Tegg.   Limited access to the public.

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1881-92

BUCKIINGJAMSHIRE, Waddesdon, Waddesdon Manor  

See Chapter 12.

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1883

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, Aylesbury, Halton House  

Initially owned by Alfred Rothschild, the house incorporated a Winter Garden (or fernery) that was probably constructed by Pulhams.   This no longer exists, as the house is now the home of the RAF Officers’ Mess.   There are, however, the remains of an artificial stream, pool and cascade – and probably a fountain – that is definitely their work.

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1886-93

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, Bletchley, Bletchley Park  

Balustraded terrace, with sunken pleasure gardens and small rock garden, and occasional small rock outcrops.   Mostly destroyed during redevelopment in 1938, and only ‘reconstructed’ scraps of Pulhamite and a small section of balustrading now remain.

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1876-79 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, Eythrope, The Pavilion  

Small Pulhamite arch.   Pavilion designed by George Devey between 1876-1879. Part of Waddesdon Estate.

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1902-05

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, Iver Heath, Heatherden Hall(now Pinewood)  

See Chapter 29.

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1901-03

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, Medmenham, Danesfield House  

See Chapter 28.

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1859-68

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, Taplow, Berry Hill  

‘Waterfalls, Ford across lake, Cliffs and cave to hide Gas Works.’   Most of Pulham’s work in these gardens has now deteriorated beyond recognition, but there are the remains of a large sunken fernery with a central fountain – there is a ‘Berry Hill Fountain’ listed in the Pulham Garden Ornament Catalogue.   Private property, not open to the public.      Registered Park and Garden.   Designed by Robert Marnock.

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1934-36

BUCKINGJAMSHIRE, Stoke Poges, Stoke Park Memorial Gardens

See Chapter 42.

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1867-68

ESSEX, Audley End, Audley End Pond Gardens  

See Chapter 7.

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1900s

ESSEX, Buckhurst Hill, Knighton Wood

Artificial lake with rocky banks, rocky dell for fernery and Alpines.

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1835-38

HERTFORDSHIRE, Benington, Benington Lordship  

See Chapter 1.

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c1880s

HERTFORDSHIRE, Benington, The Rectory

Grotto-maze, open at top.   A large maze with winding passages and chambers off with pools and central viewing mound, within an irregular enclosure of high brick walls.

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1855-57

HERTFORDSHIRE, Broxbourne, St Augustine’s Church  

See Chapter 2.

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1845

HERTFORDSHIRE, Broxbourne, Station Road, Pulham Manufactory 

See Chapter 3.

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1901-02

HERTFORDSHIRE, Bushey, Bushey House  

Quite small, but very pleasant rock formation consisting of a rock-lined stream, low bridge, and small cascade into a lake.   Now a nursing home for the elderly, and not open to the public.  Quite good condition, but pump out of order.   FR Diary:  1901 – Overflow to lake.

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1892-1907

HERTFORDSHIRE, Elstree, Aldenham House (now Haberdashers Aske’s School)  

Lake, rocky stream, cascades, bridges etc.   Still in very good condition.   Now the Haberdashers Aske’s School for Boys, and not open to the public.   Designed by Henry Hucks.

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1866 HERTFORDSHIRE, Essendon, Bedwell Park  

‘Fernery, Cliffs to hide wall of Walled Garden, Root House for ferns, rock plants and shrubs.’    Still in good condition.     Private property, and not open to the public.

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1845-48

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hertford, Bayfordbury  

Alpine Rock Garden in natural and artificial stone (very nearly demolished) and circular pool with fountain, which has now been replaced.   Rocky path and open-topped grotto in Pinetum 1848 – recently part-recovered.   Pumps by Green and Carter.   EH Registered Park and Garden – Open to the public

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1900s

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hertford, Brickendonbury  

Pulhamite rockwork at end of moat, with cascade (now dry).   Completely overgrown and inaccessible.

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1832-33

HERTFORDSHURE, Hertford, County Hospital  

Designed by Thomas Smith.   It is very possible that Obadiah and James 2 were responsible for at least the ornamental stonework.

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1834

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hertford, North Road House  

See Chapter 1.

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1880

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hertford, Ware Park  

Rock garden, with small lake, pool, summer house, small chapel and rock arch etc.   Also walled kitchen garden, with glasshouses etc.   Still there, but in urgent need of restoration.

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1836

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hoddesdon, Clock Tower  

Designed by Thomas Smith, and probably built by James 2 under the direction of Obadiah.

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1871

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hoddesdon, ‘High Leigh’

‘Pulhamite’ rockwork, cave, grotto, cascade, pathway across water’.   May even have been used as a ‘show ground’ to illustrate examples of the firm’s work.   Now a conference centre, and lack of adequate maintenance funds means that it is not in such good order as it might otherwise have been.

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1842-43

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hoddesdon, Rawdon House  

See Chapetr 2.

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1930s

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hoddesdon, Spinning Wheel  

Small rock and water feature along the front of the new swimming pool.

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1842-62

HERTFORDSHIRE, Hoddesdon, Woodlands  

See Chapter 2.

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1896

HERTFORDSHIRE, Knebworth, Knebworth House  

Repairs and replacement of balustrading.

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1887-89

HERTFORDSHIRE, Letchmore Heath, The Dell, Piggotts Manor (now Bhaktivedanta Manor)  

Small but interesting rock garden in Dell setting.   Now being restored as a Memorial Garden for Beatle George Harrison.   Now centre for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness – who renamed the property ‘Bhaktivedanta Manor’, after the Society’s founder.   There is a ‘Piggotts Manor Sundial’ listed in the firm’s Catalogue.

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1858

HERTFORDSHIRE, Newgate Street, Ponsbourne Manor  

Fernery built on internal wall of Ponsbourne House, but later removed to Enfield.   No longer exists.   Rocky stream still survives.   (English Heritage noted as Cheshunt Cottage).   (Featured as Site of the Month in July 2011)

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1855

HERTFORDSHIRE, Ware, Cemetery Chapel  

See Chapter 2.

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1865-92

HERTFORDSHIRE, Ware, Poles Park  

‘Conservatory, Fernery, Dropping Well’.   Also rose garden and fountain, and kitchen garden..   EH Registered Park and Gardens.

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1900s-1920s

HERTFORDSHIRE, Ware, Rowney Priory  

Small lake and rocky stream with cascades running down to river.   Still in fair condition.   Also rose garden and kitchen garden that were probably by Pulham.

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1900s

HERTFORDSHIRE, Ware, The Priory  

Small rock feature near house.

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1841

HERTFORDSHIRE, Ware, Thunder Hall  

See Chapter 1.

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1841

HERTFORDSHIRE, Wareside, Church of the Holy Trinity   

Designed in the Norman style by Thomas Smith, at a time when Obadiah Pulham was his Clerk of Works, and James 2 is known to have undertaken some of the construction work.

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1891

HERTFORDSHIRE, Watford, Carpenders Park(now Cemetery)  

Carpenders Park is now the local cemetery, so access is open to the public.   There is a small, comparatively un-maintained section of Pulhamite rockwork and waterfall along the rocky stream that bounds the site.

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1859-60

HERTFORDSHIRE, Welwyn, Danesbury Park  

‘Cave, Dropping Well, Pass for ferns and other rock plants in old chalk pit but in artificial stone’ .   One of Pulhams’ earliest ferneries, but now in a very dilapidated state.   Designed by Anthony Parsons.

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1911-32

HERTFORDSHIRE, Welwyn, The Node  

See Chapter 34.

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1844-45

HERTFORDSHIRE, West Hyde, Church of St Thomas of Canterbury  

See Chapter 2.

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