Lowther Castle: A Noble Prospect

Posted on March 5th, 2013 by Charles Boot
Jun ’13
10:00 am

Lowther Castle: A Noble Prospect
Lowther Castle and Gardens, Penrith, Cumbria
Research and Recording Study Day

AGT and Lancashire Gardens Trust, in association with Cumbria Gardens Trust and The GHS
10am to 4pm, Wednesday 19 June

We regret this Study Day is now FULLY BOOKED

The first documented building at Lowther was a 12th-century pele tower, but Bronze Age implements have been found from previous settlements. The present estate runs to 75,000 acres, the North Park to 140 acres, the South Park to 3,000 acres and the gardens and grounds to 130 acres, so there is an enormous amount to see, understand and uncover.

The two main phases of development in the 400-year-old gardens history begin in the 1690s when Sir John Lowther laid out massive elaborate gardens in the French baroque style together with areas of the garden full of fruit and vegetables.

The Fifth Earl of Lonsdale took over the castle and gardens in 1882 and he set about a major reworking of the gardens with the help of Thomas Mawson. First the rose garden was planted then came a massive new rock garden, Japanese garden, alpine garden and iris garden to name just a few. Although the Fifth Earl added many new features to the gardens he respected and kept the earlier structural layout.

The latest exciting chapter is happening now with a £9 million restoration programme.

Lecturers are:
The Hon. Jim Lowther
Fortunes and Fashions:
An introduction to Lowther Castle and gardens

Bryan Gray,
Chairman of Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust on
Restoration and Revelation: The Lowther project

Dominic Cole,
Consultant Landscape Architect & GHS Chairman on
Sir John’s Baroque Terraces:
The legacy of four hundred years of history

Dan Pearson,
Landscape Designer on
Spirit of Place: Inspirational new designs for the Lowther gardens

They will be followed by lunch and a tour of the gardens at 2pm, with Steve Lannin, Lowther’s head gardener, and his team.

Cost: £44, including entry fee, tea and coffee, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens. Contact Teresa, the AGT Co-ordinator or phone 020 7251 2610

There are still places available on the related Study Tour of gardens in the surrounding area.

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