1911 – RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking, Surrey

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 35 of: more

1911-34 – ‘The Node’, Welwyn, Hertfordshire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 34 of: more

1908-12 – Warren House, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 32 of: more

1902-05 -Heatherden Hall / Pinewood, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 29 of: more

1901-03 – Danesfield House, Medmenham, Surrey

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 28 of: more

1902 – Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 27 of: more

1868-80s – Court Lodge, Lamberhurst, Kent

SM 41 – Oct 14

This is a very special ‘Site of the Month’, because it introduces   a previously unrecorded Pulham site that has just been brought to my attention.   I received an enquiry a few months ago from Heather Dyke, whose father, Nicholas Morland, currently owns Court Lodge, in Lamberhurst, Kent.   Continue reading “1868-80s – Court Lodge, Lamberhurst, Kent”

1892-1914 – Ewell Court House, Nr Epsom, Surrey

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 18 of: Continue reading “1892-1914 – Ewell Court House, Nr Epsom, Surrey”

1890-91 – Ross Hall Park, Glasgow

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 17 of: Continue reading “1890-91 – Ross Hall Park, Glasgow”

1880 – Heythrop Park, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

SM 40 – Sep 14

Thomas Brassey – the railway magnate – purchased Heythrop Park as a wedding present for his son, Alfred, in 1869.   He then commissioned Alfred Waterhouse, the Quaker architect who was also responsible for the design of the Natural History Museum, Strangeways Prison and Pierremont Park in Darlington, Co Durham Continue reading “1880 – Heythrop Park, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire”

1888-1913 – ‘The Dell’, Englefield Green, Surrey

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 16 of: Continue reading “1888-1913 – ‘The Dell’, Englefield Green, Surrey”

1885-86 – Worth Park, Crawley, West Sussex

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 15 of: Continue reading “1885-86 – Worth Park, Crawley, West Sussex”

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”

1881-92 – Holly Hill Park, Sarisbury, Hampshire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 13 of: Continue reading “1881-92 – Holly Hill Park, Sarisbury, Hampshire”

1881-92 – Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

 People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 12 of: Continue reading “1881-92 – Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire”

1876-79 – Madresfield Court, Malvern, Worcestershire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 11 of: Continue reading “1876-79 – Madresfield Court, Malvern, Worcestershire”

1876 – The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Bedfordshire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 10 of: Continue reading “1876 – The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Bedfordshire”

1872-76 – St Fagans Castle, near Cardiff, Wales

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 9 of: Continue reading “1872-76 – St Fagans Castle, near Cardiff, Wales”

1868-1905 – Sandringham Royal Estate

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 8 of: Continue reading “1868-1905 – Sandringham Royal Estate”

1867 – Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 7 of: Continue reading “1867 – Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex”

The Broxbourne Manufactory

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 3 of: Continue reading “The Broxbourne Manufactory”

People and Places Featured in . . .

The purpose of this Section is to list all the principal people and locations featured in . . .

‘Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy’

. . . the definitive story of James Pulham and Son, the eminent landscape artists of Victorian and Edwardian England.   Continue reading “People and Places Featured in . . .”

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”

1885-93 – Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire

SM 38 – Jul 14

Bletchley Park, fifty miles northwest of London, became the home of Herbert Leon, a wealthy City of London financier, stockbroker, newspaper proprietor, company director and MP.   He built the mansion as a home for his family in 1883, and developed sixty acres of the surrounding land into a country estate.   The Gardeners’ Chronicle reported in 1893 that, in ten years, Sir Herbert had: Continue reading “1885-93 – Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire”

1887-91 – A Tale of Two Ferneries

SM 37 – Jun 14

Introduction

In an Appendix to his booklet, Picturesque Ferneries and Rock Garden Scenery, James 2 lists quite a number of clients for whom the firm built ‘large’ or ‘small’ ferneries, although these were invariably for private clients whose houses no longer exist, or are difficult to trace.   Since the booklet was published c1877, it obviously provides no references to any work done after that date.

Thanks to some of those invaluable pieces of ‘information received’, it has been possible to identify later Pulham ferneries, some of which – such as the ones at Dewstow, Merrow Grange and Warren House – are described in Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy.   This article discusses two more that are well worthy of mention.   One is still in excellent condition, and the other is not, but that is not the only comparison that can be made between these ferneries and their owners . . . Continue reading “1887-91 – A Tale of Two Ferneries”

May 2014 – News Letter (Updated September)

Dear All,

Forthcoming Presentations in Hertfordshire

This is my first News Letter for some time, but that does not mean that I have been sitting around doing nothing!   In fact, quite a lot has been going on, but this must stay behind the scenes for the moment, and I hope to be able to make some important and interesting announcements sometime soon.   In the meantime, Valerie Christman and I have three more Presentations booked in Hertfordshire over the next few months, and we look forward to seeing as many of our friends and ‘followers’ there as possible. Continue reading “May 2014 – News Letter (Updated September)”

1879-85 – Bearwood College, Wokingham, Berkshire

SM 36 – May 14

John Walter II, the then chief proprietor of The Times newspaper, purchased the 8,000 acre Bearwood estate in Wokingham, Berkshire, in 1816, and commissioned William Gilpin to landscape the gardens between 1819-20 – a commission inherited by David Stewart c1822.[i] Continue reading “1879-85 – Bearwood College, Wokingham, Berkshire”

1872-75 – The Aquarium, Brighton, Sussex

SM 35 – Apr 14

Right in the centre of Brighton’s seafront, in Sussex, is what is now known as the Sea Life Centre. It started life as ‘The Aquarium’, and was officially opened to the public by H.R.H. Prince Arthur in 1872, and has drawn more than fifty million visitors from both England and abroad throughout its long and varied history. Continue reading “1872-75 – The Aquarium, Brighton, Sussex”