1865-70 : Battersea Park, London

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 6 of:

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 James Pulham and Son built ‘Waterfalls and rocky stream, with a Cave for a Shady Seat on the Peninsular, and in other parts of the gardens’, but only the rockwork and cascade on the lake peninsular now remains.

John Gibson – first Park Superintendent of Battersea, and a pupil of Joseph Paxton – designed and built the defining elements of Battersea Park, that still survive today

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The Waterfalls in Battersea c1900   (Photograph by W T Goodhew)

Restoration undertaken by Wandsworth Council during 1980s was so bad that English Heritage decided that all future Pulhamite restorations should be preformed to required standard.


An additional ‘Chapter’ was published each month over a period of five years on this website under the tag of ‘Where? / Site of the Month’, and these can now be accessed alphabetically under the comprehensive ‘Where? / Gazetteer’ tag, so don’t miss those.   Click on the link to see the complete list of Pulham sites described and illustrated by Claude Hitching.

Another link that you might like to refer to takes you to the ‘Press and Media / Book Reviews’ tag, where you can read all the reviews of ‘Rock Landscapes‘ written by professional critics in the National and Garden Press.

To check out the names of the People and Places featured and illustrated in any of the other Chapters, click the CONTENTS link to return to the main CONTENTS Page.   Click here to go direct to the ‘Book Shop’.   Happy Reading to all our followers


A full description of James Pulham’s work at Battersea Park – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 6 of Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy – the definitive story of the lives and work of James Pulham and Son.   Written by Claude Hitching, with featured photography by Jenny Lilly.   Published by Garden Art Press.

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