Tag Archives: English Heritage

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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Audley End’s Walled Kitchen Garden

Another lockdown escape last week took me to Audley End, near Saffron Walden in Essex.  Although the mansion itself is still closed because of Covid restrictions the extensive grounds which were completely redesigned  by Capability Brown in the mid 18thc, were open. … Continue reading

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Overlooked? Forgotten? Unseen?

I gave a lecture for the Gardens Trust recently about Friar Park, the extraordinary house and garden of Sir Frank Crisp.  An eagle-eyed friend of mine got in touch afterwards to ask about one of the images I’d used – … Continue reading

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Bolsover: a Mannerist Masterpiece

If you’ve ever driven on the M1 between Nottingham  and Sheffield you can’t have missed the  large castle perched high on a steep promontory overlooking and commanding the wide valley below. This is  Bolsover Castle, visible for miles around, and … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Park…

I had planned to do another of my slightly off-beat approaches to a Christmas post –  and was looking at  Shirley Hibberd’s monograph on Ivy for inspiration – when into my inbox came a post from a fascinating botanical blog … Continue reading

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