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Nineteenth century walled gardens.
Nineteenth century walled gardens, including terraces with some balustrades, by John Moulton. It involved lavish planting along the terraces. The site is surrounded by a wall which rises in curved steps to a height of c2m. Two ashlar gate piers, each topped with a carved stone eagle, and a pair of decorative wrought-iron gates gives access to a drive that leads to the courtyard below the NE front of The Hall. An octagonal dovecote was converted into a private dwelling in the early 20th century. The Hall stands on high ground, with a formal walled terrace garden in the NW half of the site around The Hall. These are screened to the north by a belt of trees and shrubs including a straight walk running its full length. Immediately to the east and level with the Hall, is a square-shaped garden of just over 0.5ha.,surrounded by a clipped yew hedge c1.5m high. The garden is laid to lawn and has a square-shaped pond with an ornamental stone urn set on a pedestal. To the west of the house lies a rectangular lawn of c3.5ha with a gravel walk along its north boundary. The gravel walk leads to a small temple, probably 19th century in date, and made of ashlar having a portico with a triangular pediment supported by two Doric columns in antis. Immediately to the NE of the temple stands a carved stone commemorating the donation the swimming baths to the town by Stephen Moulton in 1897. Immediately to the south of the house is a large balustraded terrace with central steps that lead into the garden below. The terrace is paved and the open strapwork balustrades are decorated with ornamental urns and carved lions. The wall of the terrace are joined to the retaining wall of the garden to the east and west of The Hall, creating two terraces on a lower level, laid to lawn. The central steps from the terrace lead to a gravel walk that runs along the full length of a second retaining wall built in the late 19th century. At either end of the walk, steps lead down to a pair of gate piers topped with carved stone pineapples, which give access to the informal, eastern part of the garden, and a lawn, planted with a mixture of trees and shrubs. To the south the walk is screened from the lawn by a row of 13 mature conical-shaped yew trees. This lawn is bounded by a thin belt of horse chestnuts, limes, maples, hornbeams, poplars, cedars and California Redwoods. To the east of The Hall lies the pleasure gardens which surround the stable block, planted with a mixture of trees. Along the north side of the lawn is an early 20th century pergola which covers a raised walk that runs in a westerly direction of c8m. Set into the southern slope of the hillside is a temple, possibly 18th century, having a portico with an entablature and plain pediment supported by four Tuscan columns and two pilasters. A boathouse, built in the 1960s, stands on the site of a former boathouse. The now derelict kitchen is bounded to the north by a stone wall., against which stands a lean-to greenhouse.
English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic interest in England Part 46
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