1881-92 – Holly Hill Park, Sarisbury, Hampshire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 13 of:

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Quentin Hogg, founder of the London Polytechnic, purchased Holly Hill Park in 1879, and, soon afterwards, employed Edward Milner – or possibly his son, Henry Ernest Milner – to made extensive alterations to he surrounding grounds.   James Pulham and Son were called in to implement his plans, and created two small lakes along the bottom of the valley gardem, together with islands, waterfalls, stepping stones, and a boat house at one end.

1-5-13-1 - Holly Hill Boat CaveInside the boat cave in Holly Hill Park  (Photo by Jenny Lilly)

Further modifications were made c1892, when the property was owned by Henry Foster, but the property was allowed to go derelict after it was sold in 1947, and it was taken over by Fareham Borough Council in 1954.   They have invested a lot of time and money in restoring it to something close to its original glory, and they are to be congratulated on winning the ‘Green Flag’ for Outstanding Park award in 2008 – its first year of entry.


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 Holly Hill Park – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 13 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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