2005-10 – The Power of the Internet (Part 2)

People and P7laces Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 44 of:

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I was able to help Mark Gibson by not only confirming that his gardens at Craigengillan, in Ayrshire, were a genuine Pulham creation, but also telling him the name of the Rock Builder involved.   This was made possible by Lorna Milligan, daughter of Fred Rickett, who compiled a detailed diary of all the sites he worked on during his working life.

And then there is Valerie Christman, who is descended directly from James 1, although she was not aware of this until she traced me via the website, just after I had finished writing Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy.   She and her father, Jack Sexton, are also professional landscape gardeners who happen to specialise in the construction of rock and water features under their business name of Class Gardens, and have many years’ experience of creating and building gardens at the Chelsea Show, for which they have won several awards.   Val and I live only a few miles apart, so we have been able to visit many of her family’s gardens together, and now do joint presentations on ‘The Pulhams of Broxbourne’.


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.

To check out the names of the People and Places featured and illustrated in any of the other Chapters, click the CONTENTS link to return to the main CONTENTS Page.   Click here to go direct to the ‘Book Shop’.   Happy Reading to all our followers


An account of the several fascinating experiences I encountered during my research into the lives and work of James Pulham and Son can be found in Chapter 44 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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