May 2014 – News Letter (Updated September)

Dear All,

Forthcoming Presentations in Hertfordshire

This is my first News Letter for some time, but that does not mean that I have been sitting around doing nothing!   In fact, quite a lot has been going on, but this must stay behind the scenes for the moment, and I hope to be able to make some important and interesting announcements sometime soon.   In the meantime, Valerie Christman and I have three more Presentations booked in Hertfordshire over the next few months, and we look forward to seeing as many of our friends and ‘followers’ there as possible.

The dates and venues are:

Projector Screen 4Wednesday, 29th October 2014 at 8 p.m.

for the Ware Society

‘The Priory’, High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL


Friday, 21st November 2014 at 8 p.m.

for the Waltham Abbey Historical Society

Baptist Church , Paradise Road Waltham Abbey, EN9 1RL


** Note:  The presentation at Hoddesdon is likely to be heavily subscribed, and early ticket reservations are recommended.   They will be £2 per head, and reservations can be made by telephone on 0300 123 4049, or by email at   In the event of car parking being unavailable on the High Street, the nearest facility is in the Sainsburys outside Car Park behind the Library – do NOT park above or beneath the enclosed Car Park, as this closes at 10 p.m., and we may not be finished until just after that time.   The postcode for the car park is EN11 8HF, and, as shown in the Google Earth picture, one proceeds from there, and up the lane beside the Library to the entrance in the High Street.

140925 - Car Parking

The Sainsburys Outdoor Car Park in Hoddesdon EN11 8HF

I shall talk about some of the experiences that I encountered during my research leading up to the publication of Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy, and Valerie – who is directly descended from the Pulham family, and is an amateur geologist, professional gardener and garden designer in her own right – will talk about the lives and work of the Pulhams of Broxbourne’, and of her early experiences with Pulhamite.   Time permitting, this will be followed by a short Q & A session, after which I shall be available to sign copies of my book, which will be available at a specially discounted Presentation Price of £25 per copy.

We have prepared a video montage of pictures and photographs that will be running during the assembly of guests, prior to the commencement of our talks.   They are all examples of landscapes and garden ornaments created by the Pulhams, and help to illustrate the tremendous range of expertise and skills for which this remarkable firm were renowned.   We hope that you will join us, and have an interesting and enjoyable evening.

 Site of the Month

Have you been following the ‘Site of the Month’ Feature on my website, in which I publish a desciption of one of the many Pulham Gardens for which there was no room available in the book?   The last time I updated my list in a News Letter was April 2013, so here is a list of the sites that I have written about since then:

24 May 13 1862-67 Welbeck Abbey, Nr Worksop, Northamptonshire
25 Jun 13 1909 Elmstone Court, Preston, Nr Canterbury, Kent
26 Jul 13 1905-13 London Zoo
27 Aug 13 1992-97 Aldenham House, Elstree, Hertfordshire
28 Sep 13 1901-05 ‘Davenham’, Malvern, Worcestershire
29 Oct 13 1880 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Eire
30 Nov 13 1896 Knebworth House, Hertfordshire
31 Dec 13 1864-67 The Preston Parks, Lancashire
32 Jan 14 1845 Church of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Avon
33 Feb 14 1865-92 Poles Park, Ware, Hertfordshire
34 Mar 14 1871-1906 Highland Gardens, New Barnet, Greater London
35 Apr 14 1872-75 ‘The Aquarium’, Brighton, Sussex
36 May 14 1879-85 Bearwood College, Wokingham, Berkshire

The complete set of 36 sites are all available on the website, so just click on, and select whichever one you want.

‘PL1’ – Your Key to A Very Special Offer

In my last News Letter, I announced that ACC have granted me permission to offer:

A - Rock Landscapes Front Cover 420 x 520Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy


 Claude Hitching

 With Featured Photography by Jenny Lilly

 Published by Garden Art Press – R.R.P = £35

 Amazon Price at time of writing = £31.25

 At the Very Special Price of £25 (incl P&P)

 This is equivalent to a discount on RRP of a massive 40% – i.e., £21! – plus £4 P&P for UK customers – overseas rates vary.   All you have to do to qualify for this amazing offer is:

  • visit,
  • go to the ‘Buy The Book’ page, and
  • click on the Antique Collectors Club logo.   This will take you directly to the product page on the ACC website, which will invite you to ‘Look Inside’ if you want to check out a few pages before committing to a purchase.
  • Click on the ‘+’ symbol to confirm your purchase; register, and proceed to Checkout,
  • enter the code ‘PL1’ in the ‘Promotion Code’ box at the top of that page.

 This book will make:

‘A Wonderful Book to Own,

and the Perfect Present for

a Garden-Loving Friend’

But don’t just take my word for it – if you are still not convinced, read what the Professional Reviewers had to say:

 ‘This is a wonderful book . . .’                           London Landscapes

 ‘Excellent . . A brilliant piece of work.’           Amateur Gardening

 ‘Magnificent hardback . . .’                   Hertfordshire Countryside

 ‘Wonderfully illustrated book . . .’                         Follies Magazine

 Yours Sincerely,


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