1902-05 -Heatherden Hall / Pinewood, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 29 of:

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The first recorded owner of Heatherden Hall was Dr Drury Levin, and the second was the famous cricketer, K S Ranjitsinhji, after which the house remained empty for some time before being purchased, ‘early in the 20th century’, by Lt Col Grant Morden – a Canadian former multi-millionaire, and MP for Chiswick.

He spent an enormous amount of money on enlarging and refurbishing the house and estate, and engaged James Pulham and Son to build most, if not all, of the garden features.   Morden was sadly declared bankrupt during the great depression of the 1930s, however, and the house was purchased at a knock-down price by Charles Boot, a building tycoon, who converted it into a country club for the rich and famous.

Boot’s dream, however, was to turn the land into a film studio.   He renamed it ‘Pinewood’, and teamed up with millionaire J Arthur Rank to finance the project.   Pinewood Film Studios continue to prosper to this day, and, fortunately, as far as this book is concerned, the gardens have been well maintained, and are almost the same now as they were when they were first landscaped by James 3.

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Balustraded Bridge at Heatherden Hall / Pinewood

There is a balustraded terrace along the back of the house, and a formal garden containing an ornamental fountain.   Beyond this is a small man-made lake, with rocky banks, a small island, and a boat cave at one end with a grass sunbathing patio on top.   The main attraction here, however, is the beautiful ornamental balustraded bridge – pictured here – that spans the opposite end of the lake.   One similar to this is illustrated in the Pulham Garden Ornament Catalogue, but that one no longer exists, so this may well be a unique surviving example.


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A full description of the work done by James Pulham and Son at Heatherden Hall / Pinewood – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 29 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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