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’
. . for a Mr T Higgs.[i] Later, in 1906, the Diary of Fred Rickett tells us that he also worked there on a ‘Rock and Water Garden’ for a Mr Braithwaite.
Fig 1 – Rocky path and archway in Highland Gardens, New Barnet
Not much is left of this now, but tucked away in a distant corner of the gardens from the entrance, there is definite evidence of the onetime presence of a Pulham ‘rock builder’. As you can see from Fig 1, it is a charming little rocky path and archway.