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Ross Hall Park is a small park set amidst the White Cart Water in the Crookston area on the south side of Glasgow. James Cowan JP bought the property, and built Ross Hall in 1877. In 1890, he commissioned James Pulham and Son to ‘reconstruct the garden, regardless of expense’, and the little rivulet that once flowed through the estate was transformed into ‘. . . a layout of artificial lakes and rockwork, waterfalls and grottos, furnished with a great variety of plant life’, and became one of the finest gardens of its kind in Scotland.
James Cowan was a bachelor, and, when he died in 1908, the estate was bought by Sir Frederick Lobnitz – head of a ship building family – who lived there for forty years and is also reputed to have carried out ‘extensive reconstruction, extension and modernisation of the gardens’. In 1948, the estate was sold to the Glasgow Corporation, and the mansion is now used as a hospital. Some of the fine features of the grounds were restored and opened up to the public as Ross Hall Park. They were maintained to a fairly basic standard, but have recently been restored to something like their former glory with the help of a team of local volunteers – The Friends of Ross Hall Park – and grant from the Corporation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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A full description of the work done by James Pulham and Son at Ross Hall Park – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 17 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.