1902 – Dutton Homestall, East Grinstead, Sussex

SM 60 – May 16

This is the last of my current series of ‘Sites of the Month’, and I have saved something very special to occupy this slot.   It relates to a lovely garden that I would have included in my book, Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy had it not been for the fact that, at the time of preparing for publication, this property was in the process of being sold, and I did not want to offend the potential new owners by including it without their knowledge or permission. Continue reading “1902 – Dutton Homestall, East Grinstead, Sussex”

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1929-33 – Exbury Gardens, near Southampton, Hampshire

SM 59 – Apr 16

Introduction

As far as I know, their projects around the coastal resorts – discussed in Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy – were among the last undertaken by James Pulham and Son.   However, there is one more quite major piece of work undertaken during their final years that should be mentioned.   It has not been conclusively documented as being by the Pulhams, although the visual evidence is certainly sufficient to satisfy me as to their authenticity unless or until I can be proved wrong. Continue reading “1929-33 – Exbury Gardens, near Southampton, Hampshire”

1874-75 – An Exciting New Discovery in S.E. London

SM 58 – Mar 16

There is a small, and fairly insignificant entry in James 2’s promotional booklet, Picturesque Ferneries and Rock Garden Scenery, which tells us that the firm built a ‘Dropping Well’ for a Dr Barry, who lived in S E London, in 1874-75   Dr Barry was born in County Down during the 1820a, and studied Medicine at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Edinburgh, from where he qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1844.[1]   Continue reading “1874-75 – An Exciting New Discovery in S.E. London”

1891 – Carpenders Park, Watford, Hertfordshire

SM 57 – Feb 16

Robert Russell Carew – who made his fortune in India growing sugar and producing gin and rum [1] – purchased the mansion at Carpenders Park in 1862, in the area that used to be known as the Woodwalks, near Watford.  Continue reading “1891 – Carpenders Park, Watford, Hertfordshire”

1883-85 – The Rectory, Benington, Hertfordshire

SM 56 – Jan 16

This month’s site is something different.   In fact, it is something completely unique in my experience, and I was only made aware of it after the publication of my book, ‘Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy’.   A lady told me one day that she had recently been to an ‘Open Garden Day’ in Benington, near Stevenage, and wanted to know if I had ever seen the Pulham grotto there?   Continue reading “1883-85 – The Rectory, Benington, Hertfordshire”

1845 – Bayfordbury, near Hertford, Hertfordshire

SM 55 – Dec 15

In 1845 – three years after he created his first ever rock garden for John Warner at ‘Woodlands’, in Hoddesdon – James 2 was awarded his first landscaping commission by William Robert Baker to build a rockery and rose garden at his imposing Georgian and Regency mansion at Bayfordbury, on the outskirts of Hertford.  Continue reading “1845 – Bayfordbury, near Hertford, Hertfordshire”

1901-03 – Bushey House, Bushey, Hertfordshire

SM 54 – Nov 15

Bushey House was owned by a prosperous London solicitor, Mr George Lake between c1865 and 1899.   He wasted no time in improving and renovating the house – a project that included the installation of a gas works to light the house, and a mains water system to supply the cistern, bathroom and toilets.   Nothing much else is known about Mr Lake, apart from the fact that he was partly responsible for ensuring that the Almshouses in Bushey were ‘completed on time’. [i]   Continue reading “1901-03 – Bushey House, Bushey, Hertfordshire”