1876-79 – Madresfield Court, Malvern, Worcestershire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 11 of:

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Madresfield Court is a splendid moated Elizabethan manor at the foot of the Malvern Hills, with nearly seventy acres of beautiful gardens.   It was inherited by the fifth Earl of Beauchamp in 1863, and it was he who commissioned James Pulham and Son to construct the rock garden in 1876.   It is commonly regarded as being one of Pulhams’ masterpieces.

 1-5-11-1 - Madresfield ArchwayA massive ‘rock’ archway in the Rock Garden at Madresfield

It is built entirely of Pulhamite, and stands on three separate levels – more than 30ft high in places.   Regarded by some as being rather more ‘theatrical’ than ‘natural’, due to the comparatively small space in which it was built, there are a number of massive arches and other features throughout the rock garden, and the formal gardens around the house also contained a Pulham figure of Mercury.

1-5-11-2 - Madresfield NeptuneThe ‘Mercury’ figure c1907 (since moved)

The eighth and last Earl of Beauchamp died in 1979, and his niece, Lady Morrison, is the present occupant.


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.

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A full description of the work done by James Pulham and Son at Madresfield Court – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 11 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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