1902 – Dutton Homestall, East Grinstead, Sussex

SM 60 – May 16

This is the last of my current series of ‘Sites of the Month’, and I have saved something very special to occupy this slot.   It relates to a lovely garden that I would have included in my book, Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy had it not been for the fact that, at the time of preparing for publication, this property was in the process of being sold, and I did not want to offend the potential new owners by including it without their knowledge or permission. Continue reading “1902 – Dutton Homestall, East Grinstead, Sussex”

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1880 – Ware Park Manor, Hertford, Hertfordshire

SM 51 – Aug 15

Ware Park was only a few miles from the Pulhams’ headquarters in Broxbourne, and comes under the general heading of ‘small projects’.   The land on which they worked – at what is now Ware Park – used to be associated with the stable block of Ware Park Manor, which, strangely enough, is located in what is now known as the Hertford suburb of Bengeo.[i]

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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”

1901-05 – ‘Davenham’, Malvern, Worcestershire

SM 28 – Sep 13

Charles Dyson Perrins was educated at Charterhouse and Queen’s College, Oxford, after which he spent four years in the army before entering the family firm of Lea and Perrins, of Worcestershire Sauce fame.   He was only 23 when his father died in 1887 and he inherited the family fortune, but, like his father, he recognised that, with wealth, came responsibilities.   He married his first wife in 1889, and followed his father as a Director of Royal Worcester Porcelain in 1891, becoming Mayor of Worcester in 1897, and High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1899. Continue reading “1901-05 – ‘Davenham’, Malvern, Worcestershire”

1898-99 – Sunningdale Park, Ascot, Berkshire

SM 03 – Aug 11

Sunningdale Park is situated in what once used to be part of Windsor Great Park, and still contains a Spanish Chestnut tree – with a girth in excess of twenty feet! – that dates back to the time of Henry VIII.   James Wyatt built the first house at Sunningdale in 1785, and, over the years, this was rebuilt and enlarged by its successive owners until Major William James Joicey – of the Northern mining family – bought it in 1890. Continue reading “1898-99 – Sunningdale Park, Ascot, Berkshire”