1903-04 – Buckingham Palace, London

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 30 of:

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The lake, with its two islands, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, was commissioned by King George IV, and constructed William Townsend Alton, the Royal Master Gardener, in 1804.   The huge quantity of spoil was then used to build a tall bank along the opposite side of the lake from the Palace, in order to screen the King’s view of the Royal Mews.   It has always since been known as ‘The Mound’.

King Edward VII commissioned James Pulham and Son to construct some rockwork on it in 1903, and were thus awarded their second Royal Warrant – the first being for their work at Sandringham, as described in Chapter 8.   This is not a large site by Pulham’s standards, but is of particular interest to me because the Foreman in charge of this work was my grandfather, Frederick Hitching.   Two typical Pulham ‘rusticated’ bridges cross to the islands – the one with the longer span is called the ‘large bridge’, and the other the ‘small bridge’ – and there are outcrops of rock on ‘The Mound’ itself.

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The ‘Large Bridge’ to an island in the Lake of the Gardens of Buckingham Palace   (Photo by Jenny Lilly)

The Head Gardener at the time of my visits was Mark Lane, who was well aware of the importance of the Pulham legacy, and had implemented a programme of conservation and replanting.


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 Buckingham Palace – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 30 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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