Tag Archives: Robert Adam

Castles for Cows…

The recent post on chickens and their houses provoked a lot interest and laughs and since many of the sites which had eccentric or extravagant buildings for poultry also had them for other domestic or farmyard beasts  I thought I’d follow … Continue reading

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Hulne Priory

Sometimes you visit a historic house or garden and think to yourself…. I could live here. Sometimes you have second thoughts and add …if only it wasn’t so remote or inhospitable a setting.  That was certainly my reactions on visiting Hulne … Continue reading

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Fishing Temples 2: the 18th century

Last week’s post was about the earliest surviving garden buildings designed for fishing which dated from the 16th and 17thc. After I’d published it I realised that I’d missed out some tiny but atmospheric details from some plates by Jan Drapentier for Henry … Continue reading

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Artificial Stone 2: Eleanor’s enterprise

Monty Don has done it again.  A couple of months ago I wrote a post about scything and lawns and he then immediately demonstrated how to do it on The Secret History of the British Garden.   Next, I was writing … Continue reading

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Garden Menageries 3 … Osterley

Continuing with my occasional theme of menageries in the garden,  todays’s post looks at Osterley Park in west London and also reveals how garden history interacts with wider current research.  The East India Company at Home project  has been trying to put the country house … Continue reading

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