New Pulham Site in Scotland
Christopher Dingwall writes:
A previously unrecorded scheme by James Pulham & Son has recently come to light on the estate of Craigengillan, near Dalmellington in East Ayrshire, formerly home of the McAdam family of ‘tarmacadam’ fame. Confirmation of its date and authenticity comes from the diary of one time Pulham employee Fred Rickett, whose diary records three separate visits to Craigengillan, spread over several years. What Rickett refers to as a ‘rock and water garden’ for Mrs. McAdam occupied him on three separate occasions between 1910 and 1915.
The diary was discovered by Claude Hitching, whose eagerly awaited book on The Pulham Legacy is now due to be published in the New Year.
Owner of Craigengillan Mark Gibson has now begun the gradual process of unearthing the scheme, which includes a mixture of natural and artificial stonework. The garden having become almost entirely obscured by several decades accumulation of soil, leaf litter and vegetation, its large extent is only now becoming apparent as work progresses. It is hoped that, in time, the rock garden will be fully revealed, and the water supply to the cascades and pools will be restored once more.