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”

1882-85 – Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 14 of: Continue reading “1882-85 – Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex”

1864-67 – The Preston Parks, Lancashire

SM 31 – Dec 13

James 2’s Contribution to the Parks Movement

The ‘Parks Movement’ in Great Britain began during the 1830s and ‘40s as a result of the bad living conditions that had developed in the towns during the early years of the industrial revolution.   Continue reading “1864-67 – The Preston Parks, Lancashire”

1906-07 – Belper River Gardens, Derbyshire

Sm 23 – Apr 13

In 1776, Belper became the home of the world’s second water-powered cotton-spinning mill – an event that contributed greatly to its conversion from a quiet village to a busy industrial community.   The mill’s founder was Jedediah Strutt, the inventor of an attachment that made it possible to do ribbed knitting on an ordinary hand-operate knitting frame.      It became known as the ‘Derby Rib’, and gave a tremendous boost to the whole of the East Midlands hosiery industry. [i] Continue reading “1906-07 – Belper River Gardens, Derbyshire”

1869 – Pierremont Park, Darlington, Co. Durham

SM 10 – Mar 12

Soon after James Pulham and Son built the striking new boat house at Sandringham in 1868, they were asked to build another on a magnificent country estate called Pierremont, in Darlington, County Durham.   The mansion was a fine example of Gothic design, and was once the home of Henry Pease, a member of one of Darlington’s foremost Quaker families, and youngest son of Edward Pease, the ‘Father of the Railways’.   Fig 1 is a photograph of Pierremont House, taken c.1875. Continue reading “1869 – Pierremont Park, Darlington, Co. Durham”