Garden House (Autumn)
The Garden House in Autumn
These photographs were taken during a mainly sunny, autumn afternoon on November 10th, 2019. As an alternative to the Samsung camera used for many of my galleries, a compact, Fuji hand-held (Finepix A800) was used on this occasion. The photographs are presented in the sequence of my typical walk from the entrance, through the gardens to the house.
There are historical associations with nearby Buckland Abbey. In 1305 AD, the Bishop of Exeter instructed Galfridus, the Abbot at Buckland Abbey, to build a house for the parish priest whereupon this site was chosen. During the 16th century Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, the Abbot of that time (John Toker or Tucker), became the rector of St Andrews in Buckland Monachorum and so the vicarage became his residence.
By the early 1700s, the vicarage consisted of a substantial 3-storey dwelling. The remains of this building, a tower with spiral staircase and a thatched barn, formerly the kitchen, are now romantic ruins that have been incorporated into the lower terrace of the 20th century walled garden.
When a new vicarage was built nearby in the 1920s, the Garden House was sold and became a private residence. The house was sold again, just after the end of WW2 and was then purchased by Lionel Fortescue, a retiring master at Eton College. With his wife Katharine, Lionel set about renovating and developing their garden whilst running a thriving market garden business and managing a herd of Jersey dairy cattle.
By 1961, Lionel and Katharine had established the Fortescue Garden Trust, an independent registered charity, to which they bequeathed the house and garden to ensure the survival of this beautiful place for future generations. After their deaths in the 1980s ownership passed to this charity, which now maintains the Fortescues’ beautiful legacy.
1. The garden House Website.
2. The Garden House History Page.
3. Buckland Abbey at Wikipedia
4. Buckland Monachorum at Wikipedia