I am greatly indebted to Peter Hobbs, the current owner of St Albans Court, for permission to publish an article that he has written based on his research into the history of his gardens.
A PULHAM GARDEN REDISCOVERED IN NONINGTON, KENT.
(An edited version of this article is in Archaeologia Cantiana 138 2017 291-299) Continue reading “c1877 – St Albans Court, Nonington, Kent”
SM 38 – Jul 14
Bletchley Park, fifty miles northwest of London, became the home of Herbert Leon, a wealthy City of London financier, stockbroker, newspaper proprietor, company director and MP. He built the mansion as a home for his family in 1883, and developed sixty acres of the surrounding land into a country estate. The Gardeners’ Chronicle reported in 1893 that, in ten years, Sir Herbert had: Continue reading “1885-93 – Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire”
The 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
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
SM 06 – Nov 11
Granville W.G. Leveson Gower – an amateur historian, archaeologist and antiquarian – inherited ‘Titsey Place’, near Oxted, Surrey, during the late 19th century, and laid out the framework of the gardens, ‘joining the lakes together, and giving the lakes more of a “naturalistic” shape.’ [i] The lakes are fed from a chalybeate spring that bubbles up from under a rock in the middle of the gardens, and flows through a stream into the top lake, and then tumbles over a waterfall, under a stone bridge, and into the lower lake. Continue reading “1871 – Titsey Place, Oxted, Surrey”
SM 05 – Oct 11
One of Pulhams’ smaller works in public parks during the 1890s was in St James’s Park, London. The land here used to be a swamp, subject to flooding from the Tyburn stream, which still flows through the lake. Henry VIII acquired it in 1532, and enclosed it for the hunt. It became a fashionable promenade for London’s high society in the 18th century and, in 1838, it was completely re-designed by John Nash in the English landscaping style that he had learned through his association with Humphry Repton. Continue reading “1895-99 – St James’s Park, London”
SM 04 – Sep 11
Bedwell Park was the home of Robert Hanbury, son of Robert Hanbury Snr, who was a Senior Partner in the firm of Truman, Hanbury and Buxton, one the leading brewing firms in London. Robert Snr lived at Poles Park – a few miles away near Ware – where James Pulham and Son had worked in 1865. Shortly before his early death (at the age of 44) in 1867, Robert Jnr commissioned James 2 to construct a: Continue reading “1866 – Bedwell Park, Essenden, Hertfordshire”
SM 03 – Aug 11
Sunningdale Park is situated in what once used to be part of Windsor Great Park, and still contains a Spanish Chestnut tree – with a girth in excess of twenty feet! – that dates back to the time of Henry VIII. James Wyatt built the first house at Sunningdale in 1785, and, over the years, this was rebuilt and enlarged by its successive owners until Major William James Joicey – of the Northern mining family – bought it in 1890. Continue reading “1898-99 – Sunningdale Park, Ascot, Berkshire”