Our Work So Far

We have carried out extensive research in four areas of the county and the results of our work can be seen in a variety of books and articles and in an ever-growing collection of comprehensive reports detailing the histories of dozens of Hertfordshire’s parks and gardens. Most of these reports can be seen in Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) at County Hall, Hertford, including those for the following sites:

Ardeley Bury
Astwick Manor, Hatfield
Ayot House
Barvin Park, Northaw
Benington Lordship
Benington Park
Benington Parsonage
Blakesware, Wareside
Bonningtons, Stanstead Abbots
Bride Hall, Ayot St Lawrence
Broadfield Hall, Cottered
Brocket Park, Hatfield
Brookmans Park, North Mymms
Bush Hall, Hatfield
Cecil Lodge, Abbots Langley
Childwickbury, St Albans
Colegreen Park, Hertingfordbury
Dalton House, St Albans

 

Danesbury, Welwyn
Fanhams Hall, Ware
Furneux Pelham Hall
Gorhambury, St Albans
Hitchin Priory
Holywell House, St Albans
Homewood, Knebworth
Hunsdon House
Kings Walden Bury
Knebworth House
Lamer, Wheathampstead
Leggatts Park, Potters Bar
Little Court, Buntingford
Mackerye End
Marshalswick, St Albans
Moor Place, Much Hadham
North Road House, Hertford
Northaw Place

 

Offley Place
Panshanger, Hertford
Presdales, Ware
Rivers Nursery Orchard, Sawbridgeworth
Rothamsted, Harpenden
Rowney Priory, Little Munden
Sacombe Park
Skimpans, North Mymms
Standon Lordship
Stanstead Bury
Temple Dinsley, Preston
Tewin House
The Hoo, Kimpton/Whitwell
The Hook, Northaw
The Lordship, Much Hadham
Tyttenhanger, Ridge
Wheathampstead House
Woolmers Park, Hertingfordbury

 

We also have research on sites which do not appear above including, for example, The Node at Codicote.  More site reports are in the pipeline, including Gorhambury near St Albans and Warrenwood near Essendon, and these will be added to the list in due course.

Research on these and other sites has been published in a variety of books, journals and newsletters:

Site
Author(s)
Title
Publication
Year
Abbots Hill, Abbot’s Langley T. Williamson ‘Gardens and industry: The landscape of the Gade valley in the nineteenth century’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Aldenham House A. Le Lievre* ‘An account of the garden at Aldenham House and of its makers’ Garden History vol. 14.1 1986
Ashwell Bury L. Moynihan ‘Two Formidable Women’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2016
Aspenden Hall D. Spring ‘The London connection: Gardens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Ayot House, Ayot St Lawrence K. Harwood ‘Sir Lionel Lyde of Ayot St Lawrence, 1724-1791. Slavery, tobacco and some lavish parties’ Herts Past & Present, 3rd series, No. 4 2004
Beechwood nr Markyate L. Clarke ‘Beechwood: a 21stC perspective on an 18thC landscape park’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2016
Benington Park A. Rowe, C. Taylor & T. Williamson ‘The earthworks at Benington Park, Hertfordshire: an exercise in dating an ‘archaeological garden’’ Landscape History vol. 32, issue 2 2011
Briggens, Hunsdon A.C. Skelton* ‘The development of the Briggens estate, Hunsdon, since 1720’ Hertfordshire Archaeology vol. 12 1994-96
Brocket Park, Hatfield E. Gatland ‘Richard Woods in Hertfordshire’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Broxbourne C. Banister ‘The Crown Hotel Gardens, Broxbourne’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2012
Bush Hall, Hatfield J. Sloan ‘Bush Hall, Hatfield’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2013
Bushey Hall A. Rowe ‘Hertfordshire’s lost water gardens 1500-1750’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Cassiobury, Watford, T. Williamson ‘Gardens and industry: The landscape of the Gade valley in the nineteenth century’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Castle Village/Shenstone Court, Berkhamsted K. Harwood ‘Lady Alice Cooper and her Japanese Gardens’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2014
Clarence Park, St Albans H. Smith ‘Clarence Park, St Albans – a late-Victorian public park’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Cole Green House & other Brown sites H. Leiper ‘Mr Lancelot Brown and his Hertfordshire clients’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Digswell Park K. Harwood ‘Stone Age to Suburbia (The rise and fall of the Capability Brown landscape at Digswell)’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2016
Gobions or Gubbins, Brookmans Park A. Rowe & T. Williamson ‘New light on Gobions’ Garden History, vol. 40.1 2012
Gobions Wood J. Milledge ‘Gobions Wood – The most famous garden in Hertfordshire’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2013
Gobions Wood J. Milledge ‘Gobions Wood. An early eighteenth-century garden revealed’ The Association of Gardens Trusts 2013 Yearbook 2013
Gorhambury P. Henderson* ‘Sir Francis Bacon’s water gardens at Gorhambury’ Garden History vol. 20.2 1992
Gorhambury, St Albans D. Spring ‘The London connection: Gardens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Grove, The, Watford T. Williamson ‘Gardens and industry: The landscape of the Gade valley in the nineteenth century’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Hadham Hall J. Milledge ‘Hadham Hall and the Capel family’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Haileybury, Hertford Heath T. Parker ‘Humphry Repton at Haileybury? A new interpretation of the East India College Commission (1808-1811)’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2014
Hamels, Braughing A. Rowe (ed.) Garden Making and the Freman Family: Hamels 1713-33 Hertfordshire Record Society 2001
Hanstead House, Bricket Wood K. Harwood ‘Money, Mills, Mares and Movies’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2013
Hertingfordbury Park P. Bagenal Hertingfordbury Park and its links with the Bayfordbury estate Hertfordshire Gardens Trust (out of print) 2000
High Leigh, Hoddesdon T. Rowland ‘High Leigh – How a ‘Friends Group’ could help in its Conservation’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2016
Hitchin Priory Park B. Howlett Hitchin Priory Park: the history of a landscape park and gardens Hitchin Historical Society 2004
Hunsdon House D. Spring ‘Researching Hunsdon and compiling a Local List entry’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2015
Knebworth House A. Rowe A history of Knebworth’s Parks Hertfordshire Gardens Trust 2005
Marshalswick, St Albans B. Adams, C. Ellis, E. Gardner & H. Leiper Marshalswick: The story of a house & its estate   2008
More, The, Rickmansworth A. Rowe ‘Hertfordshire’s lost water gardens 1500-1750’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Newsells, Barkway E. Gatland ‘Richard Woods in Hertfordshire’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Northaw Place A. Shellim ‘Return to Northaw Place’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2015
Panshanger, Hertford K. Harwood ‘Panshanger Park: history of the landscape’, Stile (local Ramblers’ journal, June 2014) 2014
Panshanger, Hertford A. Rowe ‘Panshanger Park needs YOU!’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2016
Popes, Hatfield A. Rowe ‘Hertfordshire’s lost water gardens 1500-1750’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Presdales, Ware T. Rowland ‘Presdales – My firsts research project’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2017
Queenswood School, North Mymms A. Shellim ‘Garden creation in wartime: the legacy of the Great War at Queenswood School’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Quickswood nr Baldock C. Dalton ‘The gardens at Quickswood, the hunting lodge of the Earls of Salisbury’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Rivers Nursery Orchard, Sawbridgeworth E. Waugh Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth.  The art of practical pomology. Rivers Nursery Site & Orchard Group in assoc’n with Rockingham Press 2009
Roxford, Hertingfordbury P. Bagenal ‘A lost garden at Roxford’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Sacombe Park J. Milledge ‘Sacombe Park, Hertfordshire: An Early Bridgeman Landscape’ Garden History vol. 37:1 2009
Sanders Orchid Nursery, St Albans H. Smith ‘A Victorian passion: the role of Sander’s orchid nursery in St Albans’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Scott’s Grotto, Amwell House, Ware L. Clarke ‘The influences behind the creation of John Scott’s grotto’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Shendish, King’s Langley T. Williamson ‘Gardens and industry: The landscape of the Gade valley in the nineteenth century’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Stagenhoe, St Paul’s Walden L. Clarke ‘Glimpses of Edwardian country life’ HGT Spring Newsletter
The Gardens Trust CGT Yearbook 2016
2015
2016
St Albans abbey S. Pearson ‘In a Monastery Garden’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2017
Theobalds, Waltham Cross M. Andrews*
D. Spring
‘Theobalds Place: The gardens and park’ Garden History vol. 21.2 1993
Theobalds
Theobalds Park
D. Spring
A. Rowe
‘The London connection: Gardens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’

‘Hertfordshire’s lost water gardens 1500-1750’

Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Tring Park A. Fletcher ‘Charles Bridgeman at Tring Park: a reassessment’ Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany 2007
Tring Park A. Rowe ‘The most spectacular rond-point in England? The restoration of part of Charles Bridgeman’s design for Tring Park, Hertfordshire’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2014
Tring Park A. Rowe ‘Spectacular 18th-century landscaping restored at Tring Park’ The Association of Gardens Trusts 2015 Yearbook 2015
Ware Park D. Spring ‘The London connection: Gardens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’ Hertfordshire Garden History 2: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious 2012
Woodhall, Watton at Stone R. Abel Smith ‘Woodhall’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2015
Woodhall, Watton at Stone R. Abel Smith ‘Woodhall Park – An English Estate’ HGT Autumn Newsletter 2016
Woodhill, S. Hatfield M. Jordan ‘Mystery at Woodhill’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2012
Wormleybury K. Harwood ‘A Hertfordshire garden in the eighteenth century. Sir Abraham Hume of Wormleybury, plant collector’ Herts Past & Present 3rd series, No. 2 2003
Wrotham Park nr Barnet A. Simpson ‘Wrotham Park – Brown, but not Brown?’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2016
Youngsbury, High Cross T. Savile ‘Youngsbury – The most complete Brown Landscape Park in Hertfordshire’ HGT Spring Newsletter 2016

More general books and articles relating to Hertfordshire’s parks and gardens include:

  1. Banister, ‘The Pulham family of Hertfordshire and their work’ in A. Rowe (ed.), Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2007)
  2. Banister, ‘Salads and ornamentals: A short history of the Lea Valley nursery industry’ in D. Spring (ed.), Hertfordshire Garden History volume II, Gardens pleasant, groves delicious (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2012)
  3. Gedye, ‘Fashions, fame and a puzzle or two’ (18th-century gardens) The Association of Gardens Trusts 2014 Yearbook
  4. Gedye, ‘The Celebrity of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’ in HGT Spring Newsletter, 2016
  5. Harwood, ‘Some Hertfordshire Nabobs’ in A. Rowe (ed.), Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2007)
  6. Harwood, ‘Hearts, Minds and Historic Landscapes’ in Context 118, March 2011
  7. Harwood, ‘Challenges and Constraints: Conservation from an HGT Perspective’, HGT Spring Newsletter, 2013
  8. Harwood, ‘Some Arts and Crafts gardens in Hertfordshire’ in D. Spring (ed.), Hertfordshire Garden History volume II, Gardens pleasant, groves delicious (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2012)
  9. Harwood, ‘Parks in Crisis’ in HGT Autumn Newsletter, 2016
  10. Harwood, ‘Utopia to Dystopia: Planning in the 21st Century’, HGT Spring Newsletter, 2017
  11. Leiper, ‘Mr Lancelot Brown and his Hertfordshire clients’ in D. Spring (ed.), Hertfordshire Garden History volume II, Gardens pleasant, groves delicious (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2012)
  12. Macnair, A. Rowe and T. Williamson, ‘Mansions, Parks and Gardens’ in Dury and Andrews’ Map of Hertfordshire: Society and landscape in the eighteenth century (Windgather Press, 2015)
  13. Mowl*, ‘John Drapentier’s Views of the Gentry Gardens of Hertfordshire’, Garden History vol 29.2 Winter 2001
  14. Prince, Parks in Hertfordshire since 1500 (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2008)
  15. Rowe, ‘The Distribution of Parks in Hertfordshire: Landscape, Lordship and Woodland’ in R. Liddiard (ed.), The Medieval Park – new perspectives (Windgather Press, 2008)
  16. Rowe, Medieval Parks of Hertfordshire (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2009)
  17. Rowe, ‘Hertfordshire’s Lost Water Gardens’ in D. Spring (ed.), Hertfordshire Garden History Volume II: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2012)
  18. Rowe, 'Brownian landscapes on the map of Hertfordshire by Dury and Andrews’ in HGT Spring Newsletter, 2016
  19. Rowe and T. Williamson, ‘Great houses & designed landscapes’ and ‘Woods, parks and pastures’ in Hertfordshire: a landscape history (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2013)
  20. Waugh, ‘Planting the gardens: The nursery trade in Hertfordshire’ in D. Spring (ed.), Hertfordshire Garden History volume II, Gardens pleasant, groves delicious (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2012)
  21. Williamson, ‘The character of Hertfordshire’s parks and gardens’ in A. Rowe (ed.), Hertfordshire Garden History: A Miscellany (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2007)

 

* not HGT