1901-20 – Abbotswood, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 26 of:

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Abbotswood is situated on a hill overlooking the River Dikler, and was purchased by Mark Fenwick – a wealthy member of an ex-banking family, and a passionate gardener – in 1901.   In the following year, he commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to make extensive alterations to the house, and design the formal gardens immediately surrounding it.

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Double Waterfall in the Lower Stream Garden at Abbotswood

All the garden features carry the hallmarks of James Pulham and Son, and I am sure that they were responsible for the Lily Tank Garden; the pergolas and the paved rose garden; the sunken pleasure garden and summerhouse, and the lower stream garden with its spectacular double waterfall.   The Spring Garden at the front of the house, with its stream and small cascades, was added some years later, around 1920.


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 Abbotswood – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 26 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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