1882-85 – Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 14 of:

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John Holroyd, later to become the 1st Earl of Sheffield, sought the services of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to re-landscape the grounds of Sheffield Park soon after he bought the property in 1769.   Humphrey Repton then worked there in 1789-90, and converted the lake near the house into four smaller lakes – linked by a series of waterfalls – running down through the grounds.

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‘The Pulham Falls’ and Top Bridge at Sheffield Park Garden  -Phot by David Sellman)

The 3rd Earl of Sheffield commissioned James Pulham and Son between 1882-85 to construct waterfalls at the top and bottom of the ‘Middle Lake’, and supply the stonework for the Top Bridge.   The Top Cascade is now known as ‘The Pulham Falls’, and the Pulhamite ‘rocks’ at the lower end of the lake were constructed to simulate the ‘natural effect of a subterranean upheaval’.   They also supplied a number of terracotta vases, and a large fountain near the house.


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A full description of the work done by James Pulham and Son at Sheffield Park Garden – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 14 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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