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”

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”

1878 – Mesnes Park, Wigan, Lancashire

SM 46 – Mar 15

The area of Wigan around Mesnes Park is traditionally known as The Mesnes, after the old manorial demesne land.   It was purchased for the Wigan Corporation for £2,000 by the then Mayor, Nathaniel Eckersley, a local mill owner, under the Wigan Rectory Glebe Act of 1871, with provisions for a public park and a Grammar School in the southwest corner.   The total area of the land was approximately thirty acres, and responsibility for its development was delegated to a sub-committee of the Council. Continue reading “1878 – Mesnes Park, Wigan, Lancashire”

1865-71 – Bromley Palace Gardens, Kent

SM 44 – Jan 15

There are two small examples of the Pulhams’ work in the Palace Gardens – now the Town Hall and Civic Centre – in Bromley, Kent. A plan of the gardens, with the Pulham sites marked, is shown in Fig 1. Continue reading “1865-71 – Bromley Palace Gardens, Kent”

1894-98 – The Parks in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

SM 39 – Aug 14

At about the same time that he was completing his commission at Belle Vue Park, in Newport, Monmouthshire – see Chapter 20 in Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy – Thomas Mawson was awarded contracts for the design of Hanley Park and Burslem Park in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, for which he again involved the Pulhams for the construction of some rockwork features. Continue reading “1894-98 – The Parks in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire”

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”

1871 – Titsey Place, Oxted, 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”