Monthly Archives: June 2015

Standen: a down to earth house and garden

2015 marks one hundred years since the death of Philip Webb (1831-1915), the architect of Standen and one of the leading architects of his age. Sometimes the match between architect and client is made in heaven, and sometimes in hell.  Webb, … Continue reading

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United by flowers ….but then divided by love!

I’ve been doing some research over the past few years into the gardening interests of the aristocratic Hatton family  in the early modern period.   They were prominent royalists and had extensive estates in Northamptonshire  around Kirby Hall. One of things … Continue reading

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The Great Geranium Robbery… part 2…and other plant thefts

This post is a continuation of last week’s, and is the  second half of the account of the trial of Charles Fairfield  in 1795 on charges of the theft of rare plants from Daniel Grimwood’s nursery in Kensington…. and then I’ve also  taken … Continue reading

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The Great Geranium Robbery…

It’s not everyday that plant theft gets prosecuted or even really hits the headlines. BUT in 1795 there was a fascinating case that reached the Old Bailey and pitted a leading London nurseryman who dealt in exotic new imports against a … Continue reading

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