News Update – January ’13

The ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Exhibition Rolls On

The Pulhams of Broxbourne Exhibition closes at the Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon on Saturday, 2nd February, after a very successful run, and moves on to the Epping Forest District Museum, at 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL, opening on Saturday 9th February. It will run until 6th May, and be open from 10.00 – 4.00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and from 10.00 – 5.00 on Saturdays.    After that, plans are afoot to include it in the Touring Exhibitions Group, programme, which would create the intriguing possibility of enabling it to be seen by people in other parts of Hertfordshire and around the U.K.

Dates for the Diary

Projector Screen 4 - 750 x 900Following the success if our first presentation at St Katherine’s, Parmoor, in November, Val and I are now taking bookings for further similar events.   These will take the form of a presentation by myself about my experiences during my research for Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy, after which Val will talk about here childhood experiences among the Pulhamite of Ponsbourne Manor, in Hertfordshire.   This will be followed by a Q & A session, and a book-signing at which copies of Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy will be available at a special Presentation price.    Members of the participating groups will obviously get priority for tickets, but email and telephone contact details are given below for anyone who may be interested in coming along, and for whom tickets may also be available.

Tuesday, 5th March, 7.45 p.m.

United Reform Church Hall, Mill Lane, Broxbourne, EN10 7BQ.    The Friends of Lowewood, combining with The Hoddesdon Society.   Admission: £2.   Organiser:   David Dent,,  01992 444021.

Saturday, 18th May, 10.30 a.m.

Shaven Crown, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, OX7 6BA.   The Oxfordshire County Gardens Trust.    The presentations will be followed by a light lunch, and a tour of the Pulham gardens at Shipton Court.   Organiser:  Sally Stradling,,  01993 812278

Thursday, 26th September, 2 p.m.

St Paul’s Parish Centre, De La Beche Road, Sketty, Swansea, on the NE tip of Singleton Park, Swansea.   West Glamorgan Branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust.   Organiser:  Ann Gardner,

Saturday, 28th September, 10.15 a.m.

Dewstow Golf Club, Caerwent, Monmouthshire, South Wales, NP26 5AH.    Welsh Historic Gardens Trust.    After the presentations and book-signing, there will be a light buffet lunch, followed by tours of the wonderful Gardens of Dewstow – NOT TO BE MISSED!   Admission £25 inclusive of lunch and garden tour.   Organiser:  Helena Gerrish,, 01600 860005.

 American Guests Enjoy their Day in Hoddesdon and Broxbourne

Sharon Mau is a great landscape enthusiast, and has been following my website at for several months.   She and her husband, Henry, live in Chicago, USA, and they decided to come over to England for a special Christmas break in December.   While they were here, she was determined to visit the ‘Pulhams in Broxbourne’ Exhibition at Lowewood Museum, so Val and I offered to meet them, and show them round.   They spent some time looking round all the exhibits, after which we took them to lunch at The Sun Inn, in Amwell Street, which we believe to be the place where James 2 set up his business when he first moved to Hoddesdon c1842, before building his hew home and Manufactory in Broxbourne in 1845.   The Sun has now reverted to being a pub, and is a popular local hostelry that serves very nice lunches.

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 Henry and Sharon Mau at the ‘Pulhams in Broxbourne’ Exhibition at the Lowewood Museum, with Val Christman and myself

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 Sharon inspects the Michael Angelo Pulham memorial exhibit (left), and Henry and Sharon visit the Pulham Memorial site in Station Road, Broxbourne

On the way back, we took them to see the memorial to the old manufactory in Station Road, with which Sharon was quite fascinated.   A very pleasant day was had by all.

 Heritage Lottery Grants

Great News!   We have heard over the last few weeks that Heritage Lottery Grants have recently been awarded for the restoration of two sites on which James Pulham and Son were active.   One is the Swiss Garden at Old Warden, Bedfordshire, and the other is Worth Park, Crawley, Sussex., for which £2.4 mil has been allocated.   The work will involve both Pulham and other key features on the sites.

And don’t forget:

Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy

The Perfect Present for a Garden-Loving Friend

Click on, and you’re half way there!  

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