Monday, 29 June 2015

The Nantwich Walled Garden

Hidden away behind the houses of Welsh Row in Nantwich is an Elizabethan walled garden. This was originally part of the grounds of  the adjacent Townsend House built in 1580 for the Wilbraham family who continued to live there for over 200 years. The house, which has since been demolished,  later became Townsend Brewery. The walls of small red brick are laid in english garden wall bond, reach a height of three metres and are capped with stone. Set into the brickwork are three "bee boles"; niches which  held wicker bee hives. The garden featured a banqueting house, columns, an arbour and canals.  The walls are now crumbling, the land overgrown. The people of Nantwich have for some years been trying to save the garden but to date have not been able to raise funds to buy the land which was owned by a property developer with planning permission for 6 houses. The developer intended to restore and maintain the walls and provide public access.   I was commissioned to build a 1 : 200 scale model of the proposals which included landscaping and planting in an elizabethan style. The model included adjacent context structures finished in white.

 A decision on the future of the garden has still not been reached and in the meantime the site continues to deteriorate.

The following images are courtesy of Nantwich Walled Garden Society
Bee boles on the southern side of the garden

An intact length of the wall
Townsend House by Herbert StJohn Jones 1934

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