Tag Archives: archaeology

The Garden at Lion Rock

Where is the oldest extant garden complex in the world?  To be honest I don’t know – let me know if you do – but today’s  post is about what must be one of the contenders for that title.   … Continue reading

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Reimagining Kirby

Gardens are ephemeral creations and surely impossible to recreate once they’ve gone. That hasn’t stopped a lot of people trying.  This is a trend that’s first noticeable in the early 19thc when it  tended to be a romanticised view of … Continue reading

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Christopher, Charles and Kirby

After a recent post about the creation of the house and gardens at Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire today’s is going to look at the garden in its late 17thc heyday. The reason we know so much about the garden at … Continue reading

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A picture is worth a thousand words: Drawing Tudor Royal Gardens…

At Christmastide 1497 a great fire broke out in Henry VII’s private chambers in the mainly wooden mediaeval palace at Sheen in Surrey. It burned for 3 hours destroying a large part of the building  but it was reported that the … Continue reading

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King Herod the Gardener

Sometimes you read something in the newspaper and have to do a double take or ask yourself if you’ve lost track of time and it’s really April Fool’s Day. Today’s post  was about one such occasion. It was a fortnight … Continue reading

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