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Lower Portland Beds; Kimmeridge Clay
Late 19th/early twentieth century gardens.
A late 19th century terraced garden, extended in the early 20th century, lying to the north, south and west of the house. Steps lead up to the garden which is laid to lawn with a planted border along the south elevation of the house, extending around to the west front where central steps flanked by square gate piers with ball finials lead west from the lawn through a grass bank. This gives access to a squared walled garden laid out on two levels. The walls are constructed of English bond brick with flat stone copings which sweep up to the sides. The lower garden is laid to lawn with a central sundial, and surrounded by a planted border against a retaining wall. From the lawn, a flight of semicircular central steps cut into the west retaining wall, lead to the second, higher level of the garden, and to a loggia set in the west retaining wall of the garden. The loggia had two round-arched openings with chamfered rustication and a hipped tiled roof with ball finials.. Inside the west wall is lined with an ornamental carved seat dated 1658. The higher level of the garden is laid to lawn and lined with planted borders against retaining walls. North of the house is a narrow strip of lawn which rises into two c50m long grassed terraces. A series of stone steps situated c5m to the Northwest of the house flanked by four piers, leads up the terraces. To the north-west and north lie two rectangular lawns, enclosed by clipped mature yew hedges. To the east , the terraces are lined by a row of mature yew trees, with a retaining wall beyond. The park, which lies to the south, slopes gently down from the main drive in a south-westerly direction. It is bounded by a thin belt of trees and planted with single mature specimen trees, An avenue of chestnuts, planed in 1925, extends from the main drive into the park for c200m in a south-westerly direction. Only the stable block and outbuilding now remain of the walled kitchen garden, and only a few mature fruit trees remain in the former orchard.
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England Part 46 1987 English Heritage
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