Historic Gardens and Parks of Derbyshire: Challenging Landscapes, 1570-1920 [Paperback]

Dianne Barre (Author)

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ISBN: 9781911188049 | Published by: Windgather Press | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 272p, b/w and colour

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Historic Gardens and Parks of Derbyshire


The open hilly terrain of much of Derbyshire has long been a challenge to gardeners and landscapers, but has produced some spectacular walled and terraced gardens. Wealthy aristocrats created important and unusual pleasure gardens including the famous Bess of Hardwick, the Earl of Newcastle and his Venus garden at Bolsover, the Whig Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth and their Tory rivals Lords Scarsdale of Kedleston and the Earl of Harrington with his extravagant and secret Elysium garden at Elvaston Castle. Mineral wealth, including ore and coal, produced wealthy manufacturers and businessmen who created their own fashionable and expensive gardens to compete with established county wealth. These included the fabulously wealthy Arkwright family of Willesley Castle and Joseph Whitworth at Stancliffe. In this lavishly illustrated and lively new study Dianne Barre looks not just at such beautifully restored and accessible gardens as Haddon, Melbourne and Renishaw but also lost gardens and parks at Swarkeston, Knowle Hill, Sutton Scarsdale, Wingerworth and Drakelow and considers the importance of gardens at Derbyshire Spa towns. There are many surprises as the author re-examines the fashionable, the quirky, the accessible and the lost and little known.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, Accessibility and Abbreviations
Chapter One   Introduction. Derbyshire Gardens 1570-1920
Chapter Two  The Enclosed Garden1580-1700
Chapter Three  Early Eighteenth Century : From formal garden to ferme ornée
Chapter Four   Capability Brown and William Emes
Chapter Five  Late Eighteenth Century 1760-1800
Chapter Six   Early Nineteenth Century : Regency to early Victorian
Chapter Seven  Caves, Hermitages and Grottos
 Chapter Eight  The Early-mid Victorian Period:
Reclamation, Rockwork, Conservatories  
Chapter Nine  A Victorian Miscellany, including designers from Loudon to Sitwell
Chapter Ten   The Spas: Matlock Bath, Matlock Bank, Bakewell, Buxton.
Chapter Eleven Edwardian Gardens
Chapter Twelve  A Miscellany of Gardeners and Nurserymen
Postcript   Three Modern Gardens

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