1873 – Smithills Hall, Bolton, Lancashire

SM 53 – Oct 15

On the edge of Bolton, in Greater Manchester, there is a splendid, rambling Elizabethan manor house called Smithills Hall.   It is one of the oldest halls in Lancashire – part of it actually dates back to the reign of King John in the 14th century, and it has been added to progressively since that time.   Continue reading “1873 – Smithills Hall, Bolton, Lancashire”

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1864-71 – Lockinge, Wantage, Oxfordshire

SM 16 – Sep 12

According to his promotional booklet, Picturesque Ferneries and Rock Garden Scenery, the work done in 1864 by James 2 for Robert Loyd-Lindsay and Lady Overstone at Lockinge, near Wantage in Oxfordshire, involved the construction of:

 ‘Waterfalls, Rocky Stream, and Cliffs for Alpines and Ferns.’ Continue reading “1864-71 – Lockinge, Wantage, Oxfordshire”

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”