1895-1912 – Dewstow House, Caerwent, Wales

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 22 of:

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The incredible thing about the gardens at Dewstow House is that they lay buried for many years before being ‘rediscovered’ in 2000.   Careful removal of the surplus topsoil revealed one of the masterpieces of landscaping created by James Pulham and Son, which have now thankfully been almost completely restored, and are a ‘must see’ destination for all Pulham enthusiasts.

 1-5-22-1 - Dewstow South WaterfallThe cascade in the stream in the South Garden at Dewstow House

The gardens were created for their owner, Henry Roger Keene Oakley, in two stages – one in the South Garden c1895, and the other in the North Garden c1912.    They consisted of a series of ‘compartmented’ gardens, including an Italian Garden, a swimming pool – complete with a summerhouse and pump house for circulating the water – a Lily Pond, Duck Pond, grottoes, gazebo, a cascading stream and a sunken Bog Garden, from which a subterranean Pulhamite-lined tunnel runs back to the lawns in front of the house.

1-5-22-2 - Dewstow Lion GrottoThe underground Lion Grotto’ in the North Garden

The North Garden dates from c1912, where the main features are a Root Garden, Alpine Garden, and a spectacular series of underground fernery grottoes that really need to be seen to be believed.


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 Dewstow House – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 22 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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