1893 – Belle Vue Park, Newport, Gwent, Wales

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 20 of:

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Belle Vue Park is a triangular south-facing area on a steep slope near the centre of the town of Newport, South Wales, and was donated to the town in 1891 by Lord Tredegar, and designed by Thomas Mawson.   This was his first commission to design a public park, and he engaged James Pulham and Son to create the central rock water garden feature.   In fact, it is thought that the Pulhams probably undertook the entire construction project, because nearly all of the features in the Park – the bridge, terraces, conservatories, balustrading, fountain and ornaments etc – carry all the hallmarks of their work.   Mawson also used the Pulhams on several future projects.

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The Belle Vue Park cascade c.1920   (From ‘The Life and Work of an English Landscape Architect’ by Thomas Mawson)


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 Belle Vue Park – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 20 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.Chapter 20 –

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