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”

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1909-10 – Luton Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire

SM 11 – Apr 12

The grounds of Luton Hoo were originally laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown c1770, for John Stuart, the 3rd Earl of Bute, who was Prime Minister for a short period from 1762-63.   In 1903, Sir Julius Wernher – who made his fortune from the Kimberley diamond mines of South Africa [i] – bought the estate, and made many alterations and additions to the house and grounds. Continue reading “1909-10 – Luton Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire”