1876 – The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Bedfordshire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 10 of:

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The Swiss Garden at Old Warden is thought to have been originally designed in the ‘Swiss Picturesque’ style by Lord Ongley c1814.   John Shuttleworth bought the property in 1872, and engaged Edward Milner to remodel the gardens.   James Pulham and Son were engaged to construct a number of the new features, including a magnificent sunken, glass-domed fern grotto, with Pulhamite-lined entrance passages.   They also remodeled the artificial lake, and added a Pulhamite-lined boat house, and built the walkway through to the adjoining property, with a bridge over.

1-5-10-1 - Old Warden Grotto 1Pulhamite-lined entrance passage to the grotto in the Swiss Garden

The gardens are now open to the public, and under the care of Bedfordshire County Council, who recently undertook a major restoration programme with some assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


 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.

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A full description of the work done by James Pulham and Son at The Swiss Garden – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 10 of Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy – the critically-acclaimed and lavishly illustrated 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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