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The First Albert Memorial

Everyone knows about the grand memorial to Prince Albert in Kensington Gardens opposite the Royal Albert Hall, and on the edge of what was once called Albertopolis, but recently I went to see a less pretentious local memorial which was … Continue reading

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Kingston Lacy

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many daffodils in flower.  Wordsworth would have been in heaven if he’d seen them. In fact if it wasn’t for the fact they’re growing in open woodland I’m sure the yellow would have … Continue reading

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Welcome to England

Let’s start February with a question.  Do gardens have to fit into a particular pattern to be “acceptable” or merit  inclusion on the “must-visit” list?  There are quite a few people who think they shouldn’t have to and that we’re … 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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Creating Kirby

The story of Kirby Hall  in Northamptonshire is inextricably linked with the story of the Hatton family who rose to prominence under Elizabeth I, and remained there right through the 17thc.  As their fortunes changed after that so did that … Continue reading

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