News articles from the GHS membership: what’s going on in garden history, parks and gardens. They do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the Society.
In 1861 the landscape designer William Andrews Nesfield, 1794–1881, received one of his most important public commissions; not only because the scheme is still in situ, impressively restored in 1996, but also because it is one in which all three Nesfields were involved and it was adjacent to the family home at 3 York Terrace. Apart from Nesfield Snr’s contribution, his eldest son the architect William Eden Nesfield (1835–88), designed a Lodge House to accompany the gardens and his second son Arthur Markham Nesfield (1842–74) was, after the first year, to provide the planting plans for the Avenue Gardens and also design an adjacent Picturesque Shrubbery.2 Comments »
On Saturday 9 June the GHSS East Renfrewshire Group organized a Study Day in the Mure Hall in Uplawmoor. This was the first of three such events this year, which build upon the survey and research carried out by local groups, and on this occasion looked at the history and development of the nearby Caldwell Estate. The choice of venue was appropriate as the hall was originally provided as a memorial to the last member of the Mure family to reside at Caldwell and the day set out to look at the relationship between this prominent local family and the designed landscapes of their estate.No Comments »
The extraordinary Georgian palace of Wentworth Castle, Barnsley, is home to the Northern College for Residential Adult Education, while the gardens and park are owned and managed by the Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, which over the past decade has implemented the rolling programme of restoration.No Comments »
Public Meeting at Main Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh EH3 5BL2 Comments »
After an introduction by Val Hepworth, the Study Day got underway in the Visitor Centre auditorium with a rapid recital of the history of the estate by Mark Newman, Archaeological Consultant for Yorkshire & North East Region of the National Trust. No Comments »
The crowded lecture room at the Linnean Society on a gloomy Wednesday morning was ample proof of the lasting legacy of John Evelyn’s life and work. The joint day arranged by the GHS and London Parks and Gardens Trust brought together leading authorities on the many and varied aspects of Evelyn’s work and times, at a time when the site of his former home and garden as well as the adjacent Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford, are threatened by a massive new development.1 Comment »
Combe Royal is a Victorian house, listed Grade II, with a notable garden in a deep Devon combe, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, near Kingsbridge in the South Hams. The lower garden, which was largely planted with giant rhododendrons, still exists, but little remains of the elaborate Victorian layout around the house. The garden was renowned for the early study of citrus fruit. Combe Royal oranges were sent to Queen Victoria in the 1860s ‘who afterwards sent her head gardener from Osborne for the purpose of enquiring on the spot as to the mode of culture.’ (Fox, 1864).2 Comments »
Seven hundred feet above Monmouth are the Kymin Rocks. From here there are views over ten counties and once one could see far down the Wye Valley to the Wyndcliffe and Piercefield. In the eighteenth-century there were those, encouraged by Gilpin’s Observations, who searched for stations from which picturesque views of the landscape could be seen or composed. For local landowners and the people of Monmouth there was no need to search, and their excursions into the countryside were not to satisfy the tyranny of the eye, they were just for fun.No Comments »
Exciting momentum is building towards planning national events, portable travelling exhibitions and sharing more landscapes with a wider public and the younger generations. About 150 delegates attended from all the key organisations involved in the garden world, and also including Visit Britain and Visit England, and many owners and managers of Brown sites, and representatives of many county gardens trusts from around the country.No Comments »
In October 1712 Samuel Molyneux (1689–1728) travelled to London from his home in Dublin to be enrolled as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Being the only child of the celebrated astronomer, philosopher and constitutional writer William Molyneux, (1656–98) and in his capacity as secretary to the Dublin Philosophical Society, the young Samuel had long nurtured good relations with the intellectual elite. Once in the capital he exploited these connections to seek audiences with the foremost collectors and connoisseurs of the day and to view their prized collections housed in ecclesiastical and secular buildings, historic royal palaces, parks and gardens.No Comments »
English Heritage (EH) has recently commissioned the Garden History Society to conduct a London-based pilot scheme on a small number of at risk designed landscapes, whereby, using primarily desk-based research, the GHS provides EH with the background research needed to encourage owners to engage with their site and develop a conservation management plan. The first pilot site was the designed landscape at Trent Park (London Borough of Enfield), a site occupied by Middlesex University’s Trent Park Campus, until summer 2012. I was commissioned to undertake the study in June 2012. The report has been given to London Borough of Enfield in order to offer guidance on the role of the historic designed landscape within new use of the Campus.1 Comment »
The University of Buckingham is introducing as part of its London Programme a new research MA in Garden History which offers a unique opportunity to study the subject.
Interest in British gardens and their history has never been greater than now. Historic gardens and designed landscapes are a major part of [...]No Comments »
DEPUTY CONSERVATION OFFICER (ENGLAND)
As part of the reorganisation of the Society’s conservation and planning work, we wish to appoint a part-time Deputy Conservation Officer for England.
The Deputy Conservation Officer will work in close association with the Principal Conservation Officer and the Conservation Casework Manager in planning casework.
The Deputy Conservation Officer will also be involved in [...]No Comments »
We wanted to keep Members informed of important developments following our AGM in July at Keele, and that of the Association of Gardens Trusts at Oxford in September.
The Working Together Feasibility Study Group, comprising GHS, AGT, the Garden Museum and the Parks & Gardens database (P&GUK), continues to discuss a possible way forward towards [...]No Comments »
Site of John Evelyn’s Deptford garden under threat
The site of the house and garden at Sayes Court — John Evelyn’s London residence by the then Royal Dockyard at Deptford — is currently subject to a planning application from a property developer which would see the site of the garden built over. A small group of [...]No Comments »