1871-1906 – Highland Gardens, New Barnet, Greater London

SM 34 – Mar 14

There is a small, little-known public space in New Barnet that was once a private garden, where James Pulham and Son went in 1871 to construct a . .

‘Rocky bank, forming cliff, with Dropping Well.   For Ferns, Alpines and Shrubs’ Continue reading “1871-1906 – Highland Gardens, New Barnet, Greater London”

1864-67 – The Preston Parks, Lancashire

SM 31 – Dec 13

James 2’s Contribution to the Parks Movement

The ‘Parks Movement’ in Great Britain began during the 1830s and ‘40s as a result of the bad living conditions that had developed in the towns during the early years of the industrial revolution.   Continue reading “1864-67 – The Preston Parks, Lancashire”

November 2013 – News Letter

  • ‘PL1’ – Your Key to A Very Special Christmas Offer
  • A Most Interesting Approach from NADFAS
  • We Mark the Passing of a Truly Remarkable Lady
  • The ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations go to Wales
  • ‘PL1’ – A Final Reminder . . . Continue reading “November 2013 – News Letter”

1896 – Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

SM 30 – Nov 13

James 2 died on 11th August 1898, and, in its edition dated 29th August, the ‘Hertfordshire Mercury’ published an obituary that reads:

‘We regret to announce the death of My James Pulham (the head of the well-known firm of Pulham and Son) terracotta manufacturers and rock workers, of Finsbury Square and Broxbourne, which took place, after about a week’s illness, on the 11th inst at Tottenham, where he had resided for the last fifteen years.   Continue reading “1896 – Knebworth House, Hertfordshire”

1880 – St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

SM 29 – Oct 13

James Pulham and Son only worked on a small number of sites outside mainland Britain, and only four of these were in Eire – St Anne’s, Clonart; Mount Coote, Limerick; Glenart Castle, Co Wicklow, and St Stephen’s Green, in Dublin, which is the best preserved, and the subject of this article.  Continue reading “1880 – St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin”

1901-05 – ‘Davenham’, Malvern, Worcestershire

SM 28 – Sep 13

Charles Dyson Perrins was educated at Charterhouse and Queen’s College, Oxford, after which he spent four years in the army before entering the family firm of Lea and Perrins, of Worcestershire Sauce fame.   He was only 23 when his father died in 1887 and he inherited the family fortune, but, like his father, he recognised that, with wealth, came responsibilities.   He married his first wife in 1889, and followed his father as a Director of Royal Worcester Porcelain in 1891, becoming Mayor of Worcester in 1897, and High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1899. Continue reading “1901-05 – ‘Davenham’, Malvern, Worcestershire”

James Pulham in Scotland

130900 - Scottish Rock Garden Cover 600 x 850by Claude Hitching

(This is the complete article – a few deletions were necessary during the editing process due to space limitations is July 2013 Issue of The Rock Garden)

James Pulham and Son are best remembered these days for the picturesque rock gardens, ferneries, follies and grottoes they constructed during the Victorian years.   Continue reading “James Pulham in Scotland”

The Rock Garden

130900 - Scottish Rock Garden Cover 600 x 850Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy

Claude Hitching, with photography by Jenny Lilly

300 pages, many colour and black & white photographs
ISBN 978-1-87067-376-1 – Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd £35

This lavishly produced book is the result of Claude Hitching’s researching the work of hrs great-grandfather, William Hitching; William’s brother, George, and William’s three sons – Arthur, Frederick and John – who all worked as ’rock builders’ for the firm of James Pulham & Son, the eminent Victorian and Edwardian landscape gardeners. Continue reading “The Rock Garden”

1892-97 – Aldenham House, Elstree, Hertfordshire

SM 27 – Aug 13

George Henry Gibbs inherited Aldenham House from his cousin, Sarah Noyes – a descendent of Robert Hucks – when she died in 1842.   He never actually lived in it, however – partly because his family home was at Tyntesfield, near Bristol, and also because Aldenham House was let to other tenants at the time.[i]  Continue reading “1892-97 – Aldenham House, Elstree, Hertfordshire”

The Alpine Gardener – September 2012

120900 - Alpine Gardener - Sept 12 - Cover 400 x 600The Master Builders of Britain’s Rock Gardens

Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy                              

Rock Gardens, Grottoes, Ferneries, Follies, Fountains and Garden Ornaments

Garden Art Press, 2012

ISBN  978 – 1 – 87067 – 376 – 1

Price   £35.00

AGS1 - Rock Landscapes Front Cover

 J.R.Pulham, Secretary to the Committee of the Alpine Garden Society at the end of World War Two, was the last of a dynasty of four James Pulhams who, in turn, led a company manufacturing garden ornaments and constructing rock gardens, water features and ferneries.   Continue reading “The Alpine Gardener – September 2012”

1905-13 – London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London

SM 26 – Jul 13

It may not be generally known that James Pulham and Son did some work at the London Zoo, but this is a place in which I have some personal interest, because my grandfather, Frederick Hitching, was responsible for some of it.   When my brother and I were children, he often used to tell us stories about the various places at which he had worked, and one of these was London Zoo, where he said he worked on the Sea Lion Pond and the Monkey Enclosure. Continue reading “1905-13 – London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London”

The Local Historian – May 2013

Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy

 Rock Gardens, Grottoes, Ferneries, Follies, Fountains and Garden Ornaments.  Claude Hitching, with photography by Jenny Lilly   (Garden Art Press 2012 – 320pp – ISBN 978-1-87067-376-1)  £35


130500 - Local Historian Cover 500 x 700 This excessively illustrated book (there are 450 colour and 340 black and white photographs) is the culmination of over ten years of research, inspired by the author’s family connections with the Pulhams and their remarkable creations in artificial and natural rockwork.   When he retired, Claude Hitching, originally a Management Accountant, started to research his own family, beginning with his grandfather, Frederick Hitching.   Continue reading “The Local Historian – May 2013”

Devon Gardens Trust – Spring Newsletter 2013: No 89

Rock Landscapes: the Pulham Legacy 

by Claude Hitching, Published by Garden Art Press – 312pp – £35

130600 - Devon Gardens Trust - Cover 500 x 700This book is a wonderful example of how family history can expand into garden history.   When Claude Hitching set out to discover more about his grandfather, he found that four more relatives had worked at some time for the firm of James Pulham and Son, which itself spanned four generations from the turn of the nineteenth century.   Claude has enthusiastically pursued Pulham artefacts and sites, which revealed many fascinating personal stories as well.   Continue reading “Devon Gardens Trust – Spring Newsletter 2013: No 89”

News Update – June ’13

A Miscellany of Trips  

The last few weeks have been very eventful, featuring a number of trips of one form or another, involving:

  • A visit to Preston, nr Canterbury, to look at a beautiful Pulham garden that, for some reason or another, managed to evade all the Pulham databases, so it can now be officially recorded for the first time.
  • A potentially disastrous trip on a trip to London.
  • A personal trip to a Pulhamite Celebration at Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk, and
  • A very successful trip at Shipton Court, Shipton-under-Wychwood, with the Oxfordshire Gardens Trust. Continue reading “News Update – June ’13”

1909 – Elmstone Court, near Canterbury, Kent

SM 25 – Jun 13

Elmstone Court is an elegant Grade II listed Georgian country house, set in the lovely rural countryside of the small village of Preston, near Canterbury, Kent, and Fig 1 looks across the stream to the back lawn of the house.   The inclusion of its garden in this series of essays on Pulham gardens came about by pure accident, because it was not included in any listing of Pulham gardens at the time my book, Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy, was published.   Continue reading “1909 – Elmstone Court, near Canterbury, Kent”

1906-07 – Belper River Gardens, Derbyshire

Sm 23 – Apr 13

In 1776, Belper became the home of the world’s second water-powered cotton-spinning mill – an event that contributed greatly to its conversion from a quiet village to a busy industrial community.   The mill’s founder was Jedediah Strutt, the inventor of an attachment that made it possible to do ribbed knitting on an ordinary hand-operate knitting frame.      It became known as the ‘Derby Rib’, and gave a tremendous boost to the whole of the East Midlands hosiery industry. [i] Continue reading “1906-07 – Belper River Gardens, Derbyshire”

1874-75 – Westonbirt Manor, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

SM 21 – Feb 13

Westonbirt Manor, in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, was originally owned and developed by the Holford family, who lived there from 1685.[i]   Robert Holford (1808-92) was lucky, as well as being hard working and very astute.   He inherited the 1,000-acre estate from his father; was left £1 million on the death of a bachelor uncle; worked as a successful legal practitioner in London, and bought a large stake in the newly formed New River Company of Stoke Newington.   Continue reading “1874-75 – Westonbirt Manor, Tetbury, Gloucestershire”

1859-60 – Fonthill Abbey, Tisbury, Wiltshire

SM 22 – Mar 13

A reference in James 2’s promotional booklet [i] relates to some work he did for the Marquess of Westminster at Fonthill Abbey, in Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire, during the years 1859-60.  Continue reading “1859-60 – Fonthill Abbey, Tisbury, Wiltshire”

1890 – Leonardslee Gardens, Horsham, Sussex

SM 01 – Jun 11

Set in a tranquil woodland valley in West Sussex, the Leonardslee gardens are one of the largest and most spectacular in England. Continue reading “1890 – Leonardslee Gardens, Horsham, Sussex”

1859-62 – Berry Hill, Taplow, Buckinghamshire

SM 20 – Jan 13

Mr John Noble, a leading varnish manufacturer, commissioned Robert Marnock, the famous Scottish garden designer, to ‘beautify’ his garden at Berry Hill, Taplow, near Maidenhead, towards the end of the 1850s, and Marnock invited James 2 to help with their construction.   According to James 2’s notes,[i] most of this work at Berry Hill took place between 1859 and 1862, and involved the creation of: Continue reading “1859-62 – Berry Hill, Taplow, Buckinghamshire”

The Pulham Legacy in London

James Pulham and Son, the eminent firm of Victorian and Edwardian landscape artists, are mostly remembered today for their picturesque rock gardens, ferneries, follies and grottoes with which they embellished many of the great country estates and parks around the country, but, as garden fashions evolved around the turn of the 20th Century, they also extended their portfolio to include grand, balustraded terraces, and formal Italian and Japanese-styled gardens.   They supplemented this by manufacturing a wide range of very high-quality garden ornaments, such as fountains, vases, urns, seats and balustrading etc in their Manufactory in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.   Continue reading “The Pulham Legacy in London”

James Pulham in Wales

James Pulham and Son are best remembered these days for the picturesque rock gardens, ferneries, follies and grottoes they constructed during the Victorian years.   This was the time when tourists returning home from their ‘Grand Tours’ of Europe sought to create natural habitats in their gardens for the ferns and Alpine plants they had collected during their travels.   Hence the fashion for rock gardens, and, if natural rocks were not economically available, the Pulham craftsmen would ‘make their own’ by building up heaps of rubble and old bricks, and coating them with their own proprietary brand of cement that soon became known as Pulhamite.   The craftsmanship of the ‘rock builders’ lay in their ability to sculpt the surfaces to simulate the colour and texture of natural rock.   Continue reading “James Pulham in Wales”

Trafodion – Welsh HGT – November 2012

Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy

Rock Gardens, Grottoes, Ferneries, Follies, Fountains and Garden Ornaments

Claude Hirching, with photography by Jenny Lilly

Garden Arr Press, 2012, £35, (£28 if ordered online from wwwanriquecollecrorsclub.com/ uk), 320pp, ISBN 978-1-870673-76-l

 Claude Hitching°s article ‘James Pulham in \Wales’ which appeared in the first issue of Trafodion, anticipated the publication of this ‘big book’, large in format and lavishly illustrated.   The author’s interest in the Pulhams sprang from his researches into his own family history, and the discovery that his grandfather, Frederick Hitching, had worked for the Pulham family firm for over half a century.   The present publication is the culmination of decades of intensive, patient and evidently enjoyable research by Claude Hitching, and is both an impressive ‘business history’ and an appropriate tribute to his grandfather. Continue reading “Trafodion – Welsh HGT – November 2012”

Garden History Journal – Autumn 2012

Review by Brent Elliott of

Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy

in the Garden History Journal – Winter 2012 (pp.308-310)

 Claude Hitching, Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy (Woodbridge: Garden Art Press, 2012), 320 pp., illus. in colour and black-and-white, £35.00 (hbk). ISBN 9-781870-673761 Continue reading “Garden History Journal – Autumn 2012”

1896-97 – Wotton Park, Dorking, Surrey

SM 19 – Dec 12

Just three miles west of Dorking, in the valley of the Tillingbourne, lies the Grade II* listed Wotton House, which was purchased by George Evelyn in 1579, and has remained in the Evelyn family ever since.   George’s youngest grandson was John Evelyn, the famous diarist, who eventually inherited Wotton at the age of 79, on the death of his elder brother.   He wrote of Wotton: Continue reading “1896-97 – Wotton Park, Dorking, Surrey”

1919-20 – Shipton Court, Shipton under Wychwood, Oxfordshire

SM 18 – Nov 12

Shipton Court, in Shipton under Wychwood, in deepest Oxfordshire, is an impressive Jacobean mansion that dates from 1603, part of which is still lived in, and part of which has now been converted into flats.   I first became aware of it, and its possible association with James Pulham, via a letter that arrived completely out of the blue.   Continue reading “1919-20 – Shipton Court, Shipton under Wychwood, Oxfordshire”

1874 – Gunnersbury Park, Hounslow, London

SM 15 – Aug 12

The 186-acre estate of Gunnersbury, on the boundaries of Hounslow and Ealing, in southwest London, was once owned by the Bishops of London, but was purchased by Princess Amelia, favourite daughter of George II, in 1761.[i]   She improved the estate, and used it as her summer residence until her death in 1786, and Princess Amelia’s Bath House – a battlemented Gothic style building at the far end of the terrace to the house – still survives. Continue reading “1874 – Gunnersbury Park, Hounslow, London”

News Updates

The Pulham Website Newsletters

In an attempt to keep our readers and visitors up-to-date with everything that is happening in the ‘World of Pulham’, we have decided to produce occasional News Updates that can be accessed from this page.   Just click on the dates to go to the complete Newsletter selected.

March ’18

  • A coveted award from The Gardens Trust
  • Welcome to ‘pulham.rocks’ – a new name for The Pulham Legacy website
  • Coming Soon – ‘The Pulhams of Broxbourne’ DVD
  • St Albans Court, Nonington, and Thornby Hall, Northamptonshire – two newly rediscovered Pulham gardens
  • Leonardslee Gardens to reopen to the public this year
  • Lever Park, Rivington – Restoration update
  • Your R V Lifestyle – ‘100 Things to do in the U K’
  • The Rectory, Wallington, Hertfordshire – a link with the Hitching family?

Click Date on left for Details

November ’17

  • The final ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ presentation – for the ‘Worth Park Friends’ at Worth Park, Crawley.
  • News of two newly-discovered Pulham sites – Nymans and Bournemouth Gardens
  • A Linked Series of Coincidences involving Silver Cups and a Pulham Family Bible and Photograph Album.
  • An update on the Gardens at Dyffryn, South Wales
  • A new website launched by The Friends of Danesbury Fernery
  • Looking for a book to buy for all your friends and family – or even yourself – for Christmas? . . .

(Click Date on left for Details)

August ’17

  • Heading for my final ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ presentation before I hand over the reins to Val. (See below)
  • A Pulham fountain is discovered in Rhode Island, New Jersey
  • Probable Pulham garden features are discovered in Dyffryn Gardens and Dumbleton Hall
  • Previously unreported Pulham gardens are discussed for the first time at Chateau Impney. Rosherville Gardens and Headley Park.
  • Pulham gardens at Sunningdale Park, Bearwood College, Leonardslee and Bawdsey Manor pass into new hands.
  • A Pulham Rockwork Trail has been set up at Waddesdon Manor.
  • Great News at Lowewood, but discouraging news at Ewell Court House.

(Click Date on left for Details)

June ’17

• A previously unrecognised and unrecorded Pulham rock garden in West Sussex
• Completed and newly-commissioned restoration projects part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
• Archive pictures of the Villa Ste Ursule, in Cannes, France – Obadiah’s first assignment for Thomas Smith
• Pictures of some (non-Pulham) rockscapes around the French Riviera
• Examples of work done by one of Pulham’s most gifted stone modelers
• The restoration of a Pulham fountain in the Isle of Wight
• A Silver Award for Val Christman and her team for their garden at the Chelsea Show

(Click Date on left for Details)

March ’17

(The Pulham Memorial Letter)

  • Report on the Special Pulham Memorial Event, including the Opening of the Memorial Site and Garden, and the Launch of the ‘Romance in Stone’ Exhibition at Lowewood Museum, that runs until 29th April 2017
  • Interactive Video Tours of five of the Pulhams’ most prestigious gardens
  • Recording of the BBC’s Three Counties Radio interview about the Exhibition and the Pulham Story
  • Report on the Pulham Conference on 9th March
    • (Click Date on left for Details)

Christmas ’16

  • Latest Update and Programme for the Special Pulham Memorial Exhibition, 14th January – 29th April 2017
  • Two Video Clips
  • Is there Pulhamite in Francem and Have we Found one of Pulham’s First Terracotta Pieces?
  • Two Pulham ‘Paris Vases’ find a New Home
  • Updates from two ‘Pulham Castles’
  • How the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped two of Pulham’s Parks
  • Val has the Last Word in Video Interview.
    • (Click Date on left for Details)


  • Update on the new Pulhams Memorial Project at Broxbourne
  • How About a Pulham Convention on 9th March 2017?
  • A Special Interest Day at Waddesdon Manor
  • A ‘New’ Pulham Site at The Newgate Gap, Margate, Kent
  • ‘Rock Landscapes’ Gets onto a Book Club List
  • 2016 Presentation Diary Ends on a High Note
  • Does Your Local Park Need a ‘Friend’?
    • (Click Date on left for Details)


    • The new Pulhams of Broxbourne Memorial Project
    • A Trip to End All Trips
    • The Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations
    • www.pulham.org.uk Gets a Facelift and Makeover
    • Discovery, Recognition and Restoration – A review of five sites and restoration projects
(Click Date on left for Details)

May ’16

  • Reports on Latest ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations
  • Another Great Day in Woodbridge
  • ‘Site of the Month’ Reaches its final Chapter
  • The Pulham Picture Puzzles
(Click Date on left for Details)

March ’16

  • An Exciting New Discovery in S E London 
  • A Wonderful Picture of the Pulham Family
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund Steps in Again
  • ‘Smash Hit’ Results in a Return Booking for ‘The Pulhams of Broxbourne’
  • The Pulham Picture Puzzles
(Click Date on left for Details)

Christmas ’15

  • The Pulham Picture Puzzle
  • A Fascinating Day in Woodbridge
  • Two more Special Dates for the Presentation Diary
  • A Special ‘Site of the Month’ for January
(Click Date on left for Details)

November ’15

  • The Special Pulham Study Day at The Swiss Garden
  • Presentation to the Welwyn Garden City U3A Gardening Group
  • ‘Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy’ – A Special Gift for Christmas
  • A Fascinating Day in Woodbridge
(Click Date on left for Details)

September ’15

  • A Special Pulham Study Day at The Swiss Garden
  • Major Pulham Restorations at Worth Park, Crawley
  • ‘Buy TheBook’ Page Updated
  • ‘PL1’ – Your Key to a Very Special Offer
(Click Date on left for Details)

April ’15

  • ‘The Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations
  • A Special ‘Pulham Study Day’ at The Swiss Garden
  • Dewstow – One of Alan’s ‘Best Back Gardens’
  • ‘Sites of the Month’ since May ’14
  • ‘PL1’ – Your Key to a Very Special Offer
(Click Date on left for Details)

November ’14

  • ‘The Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations
  • Rediscovery, Restoration and Preservation
  • More Pages on the Pulham Legacy Website
  • ‘PL1’ – Your Key to a Very Special Offer
(Click Date on left for Details)

July ’14

  • Pulham Garden Crafts Ltd Triumph at Chelsea
  • The Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations
  • ‘PL1’ – Your Key to a Very Special Offer
(Click Date on left for Details)

May ’14

  • Forthcoming Presentations in Hertfordshire
  • ‘Site of the Month’ Updates
  • ‘PL1’ – Your Key to a Very Special Offer
(Click Date on left for Details)

November ‘13

  • ‘PL1’ – Your Key to A Very Special Christmas Offer
  • A Most Interesting Approach from NADFAS
  • We Mark the Passing of a Truly Remarkable Lady
  • The ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations go to Wales
         (Click Date on left for Details)

September ‘13

  • Danesfield House Book Signing on 13th August
  • What’s new on www.pulham.org.uk
  • Getting ready for Wales.
(Click Date on left for Details)

August ‘13

Part of the NGS Open Day Celebrations at

Danesfield House,

will be a Book Signing of

Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy

by Claude Hitching

between 2.30 – 4.30 p.m.
(Click Date on left for Details)

June ‘13

A Miscellany of Trips

  • Rediscovery of a New Pulham Site
  • An Accidental Trip on a Trip to London
  • A ‘Pulhamite Celebration’ at Bawdsey Manor
  • A Presentation and Tour at Shipton Court
  • Dewstow on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live

April ‘13

  • Dates for the Diary – Presentation Bookings
  • ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Exhibition
  • The www.pulham.org.uk Site Map

January ‘13

  • The ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Exhibition Rolls On
  • Dates for the Diary – Presentation Bookings
  • American Guests Enjoy Their Day in Hoddesdon and Broxbourne
  • Heritage Lottery Grants for Pulham Sites

December ’12

  • Four Prestigious Book Reviews
  • Pulhamite Featured on Channel 4 tv
  • New Pulham Garden Discovered
  • New Silver Cup Discovered
  • Original Prize Pulham Vases Discovered
  • Report on the ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Exhibition at Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon
  • St Katherine’s, Parmoor, Frieth – Report on Presentation on 8th November
  • Site of the Month Website Feature
  • Take the Advice of the Experts

1873-80 – Park Hill, Streatham, London

SM 14 – Jul 12

‘Park Hill Mansion’ was one of several very large properties situated on Streatham Common North, in southeast London.   They were once the homes and estates of some very wealthy people – providing, as they did, a commanding view over Streatham, and to the heights of Wimbledon and the Surrey Hills beyond. Continue reading “1873-80 – Park Hill, Streatham, London”

1910-12 – Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey

SM 13 – Jun 12

Gatton Park, near Reigate, in Surrey, is a 250-acre estate that can be traced back to the 15th century. [i]    In 1761, it became the seat of Sir George Colebrook, an extremely keen gardener who, between 1762 and 1768, paid Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown more than £3,000 – one of his largest commissions – for works at Gatton that included a ‘great water menagerie’.[ii] Continue reading “1910-12 – Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey”

1891-94 – Gisselfeld, Denmark

SM 12 – May 12

The first indication that Pulhams may have worked in Europe was contained in a book by Annie Christensen, and reviewed by Peter Hayden.[i]   She recorded that the firm may have been involved in the construction of a bridge and some rockwork in the grounds of Gisselfeld Castle, in Denmark, and that the likely date was c.1894.   Continue reading “1891-94 – Gisselfeld, Denmark”

1909-10 – Luton Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire

SM 11 – Apr 12

The grounds of Luton Hoo were originally laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown c1770, for John Stuart, the 3rd Earl of Bute, who was Prime Minister for a short period from 1762-63.   In 1903, Sir Julius Wernher – who made his fortune from the Kimberley diamond mines of South Africa [i] – bought the estate, and made many alterations and additions to the house and grounds. Continue reading “1909-10 – Luton Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire”

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1869 – Pierremont Park, Darlington, Co. Durham

SM 10 – Mar 12

Soon after James Pulham and Son built the striking new boat house at Sandringham in 1868, they were asked to build another on a magnificent country estate called Pierremont, in Darlington, County Durham.   The mansion was a fine example of Gothic design, and was once the home of Henry Pease, a member of one of Darlington’s foremost Quaker families, and youngest son of Edward Pease, the ‘Father of the Railways’.   Fig 1 is a photograph of Pierremont House, taken c.1875. Continue reading “1869 – Pierremont Park, Darlington, Co. Durham”

1899 – Coombe Wood, Croydon, Surrey

SM 09 – Feb 12

Coombe Estate, Croydon, Surrey, was purchased by Arthur Lloyd c1898.   He built a new 20-room mansion, and made a number of improvements to the existing gardens, including the construction of an ornamental rock garden, complete with a pool and waterfall, which carry all the hallmarks of a Pulham creation.    Continue reading “1899 – Coombe Wood, Croydon, Surrey”

1871 – High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

SM 08 – Jan 12

High Leigh, on the outskirts of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, is only just over a mile from the Pulham Manufactory in Broxbourne.   The owner was Robert Barclay, a member of the famous banking dynasty.   Over the generations, his ancestors had married into a number of other banking families, and Robert was responsible for merging twenty banks into Barclay and Company Ltd. [i]   He would almost certainly have known James 2 personally, because his family had been leading members of the Quaker fraternity for many years – as, I am sure, were the Pulhams – and they probably attended the same Friends Meeting House in Hoddesdon. Continue reading “1871 – High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire”

1909 – Ardross Castle, Alness, Ross-shire

SM 07 – Dec 11

James Pulham and Son did not create very many gardens in Scotland, but one in which they were involved was right up in the north-east – at Ardross Castle, in Alness, Ross-shire.   At the beginning of the 20th century, Ardross Castle was the summer retreat of Charles Dyson Perrins, Director of the family firm of Lee and Perrins, makers of the famous Worcestershire Sauce.   Perrins’ main home was in Malvern, Worcestershire, where he engaged James 3 to landscape his gardens c1901-05 – see ‘Site of the Month’ #28 for September 2013 – with one of its most striking features being a Pulhamite-lined tunnel – complete with a liberal scattering of ‘stalactites’ – that ran beneath a road that separated two parts of the garden.   Continue reading “1909 – Ardross Castle, Alness, Ross-shire”