1845 – Bayfordbury, near Hertford, Hertfordshire

SM 55 – Dec 15

In 1845 – three years after he created his first ever rock garden for John Warner at ‘Woodlands’, in Hoddesdon – James 2 was awarded his first landscaping commission by William Robert Baker to build a rockery and rose garden at his imposing Georgian and Regency mansion at Bayfordbury, on the outskirts of Hertford.  Continue reading “1845 – Bayfordbury, near Hertford, Hertfordshire”

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1914-16 – Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

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1867 – Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex

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1865-92 – Poles Park, Ware, Hertfordshire

SM 33 – Feb 14

One of James 2’s more local patrons of the 1860s was Robert Hanbury, who lived at Hanbury Manor, Poles Park, near Ware, in Hertfordshire, about five miles from the manufactory.   Robert Hanbury – a senior partner in Truman, Hanbury and Buxton, one of the biggest brewing firms in London at that time – inherited Hanbury Manor in 1847.  He was a keen horticulturist, and, in 1865, engaged James 2 to construct a:

‘Conservatory, fernery and dropping well.’ Continue reading “1865-92 – Poles Park, Ware, Hertfordshire”