PGPT288

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PGPT288 Date: 20th September 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer See PGPT235 for the story of how the Trust was able to build a new greenhouse in 2009. The structure is not an exact replica of the original (we have no evidence of its appearance) but it has been built in a ‘Victorian’ style on the […]

PGPT235 and PGPT245

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  PGPT235 and PGPT245 Date: March 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer The PGPT was very grateful to receive a legacy from a well-wisher, Michael Andrews, who left the PGPT over £50,000 when he died in 2007. It was decided to spend this on an Alitex, Victorian-style, double-glazed, aluminium-framed green house to replace the polytunnel which […]

PGPT084

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PGPT084 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer In the 1990s a decision was taken to set up an ‘honesty box’ in the hope that visitors to the garden would pay an entrance fee even when there was no volunteer to take their money. To the surprise of many, this soon became an important source […]

PGPT232 and PGPT233

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  PGPT232 and PGPT233 Date: February 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer These 2 photographs show a further stage of the work being carried out in PGPT092/3. The collapsed retaining wall in the south west corner of the main lawn (cf PGPT129) was restored by building an inner skin of breeze blocks, then adding a facing […]

PGPT092

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  PGPT092 Date: 2009 Source: photographs by Douglas Stewart, volunteer The retaining wall in the south west corner of the main lawn was already in a state of collapse in 1980. PGPT110 shows its state in July 2007, before restoration began. The Trust decided to rebuild it in 2009,with an inner skin of breeze blocks […]

PGPT090

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PGPT090 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph was taken from a high viewpoint at the south end of the garden,at the top of the Italian terrace, looking across the thatched roof of the summerhouse past the balustrade on to the main lawn. When the summerhouse was reconstructed in 2003 (cf PGPT135) it was […]

PGPT134

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  PGPT134 Date: October 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer In 1994 an accidental slip of the foot led to the discovery of this brick pediment in the bank to the East of the summerhouse at the top of the Italian terrace (see Ex Fonte 14 for a drawing and full report). It has the date […]

PGPT089

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PGPT089 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer The large flints which appear in the buttresses of the fountain remind us that flints were mined on the site of the garden in medieval times. A reminder of the extensive system of tunnels (see PGPT346), which still survives in the area, came in 1984 when a bus, […]

PGPT133

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PGPT133 Date: October 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer In 1842 Henry Trevor opened a furnishing business in Norwich (cf PGPT079). The business flourished, first under Trevor’s own name, later as Trevor and Page when he took his eldest stepson into partnership (cf PGPT106): eventually the name was shortened to Trevor Page. The business was finally […]

PGPT227

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PGPT227 Date: October 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer There is a date plaque set into this wall with the date 1871, so we know that Henry Trevor built it 15 years after he completed his house. It was part of his scheme for adding a Palm house to his garden (cf PGPT125). The house is […]

PGPT100

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PGPT100 Date July 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer This view is of the South East corner of the main lawn. See PGPT083 for the story of the tree ferns and the architecture of the wall behind.

PGPT083

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PGPT083 Date: May 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer A typical sight of regular volunteers (Dubravka, Jill, Janet) at work on a Tuesday morning. Of interest in the background is the tree fern, donated by a visitor to the garden. It was decided to accept the gift, although there is no evidence that tree ferns were […]

PGPT216

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PGPT216 Date: July 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer This picture shows a group of volunteers who work on Tuesday mornings on all the gardening jobs needed to keep the Plantation looking attractive for visitors. Left – right they are Cynthia (who set up and runs the web site), Marj (Head Gardener), Janet, Dubravka and Jill.The […]

PGPT126

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PGPT126 Date: August 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer On the O.S. map of 1883, flights of steps were marked clearly on the slopes in many parts of the garden, though by 1980 many had almost disappeared. This photograph shows work on the reconstruction of steps leading from the wide space at the top of the […]

PGPT124

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PGPT124 Date: September 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer Volunteers here make use of the newly finished shelter to take their mid-morning break. The ‘Tuesday Group’ was so named because they meet regularly on Tuesday mornings to do gardening, repairs and construction work. Their efforts over the years have made a great contribution to the garden. […]

PGPT120 and PGPT121

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  PGPT120 and PGPT121 Date: October 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer The oak shelter finished!(cf PGPT117/8). Also visible is the Victorian post box used as an ‘honesty box’ for entrance fees when no volunteers are present (cf PGPT084). The rustic bridge, restored in 1998, is also visible to the right (cf PGPT402).

PGPT094 and PGPT222

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  PGPT094 and PGPT222 Date 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer Cynthia Gibling Richard Horne was the craftsman who built the oak shelter, a practical addition for volunteers who work in the garden or welcome visitors (cf PGPT057). Richard carved his name on the shelter he constructed in the Entrance yard of the garden.

PGPT117 and PGPT118

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  PGPT117 and PGPT118 Date : September 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The shelter in the yard under construction. The completed shelter can be seen in PGPT120.

PGPT057

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PGPT057 Date: 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer In 2007 it was decided that it would be very useful to have a shelter in the yard at the entrance to the garden, to provide some protection for volunteers – both those who gathered on Tuesdays to work in the garden and those who collected entrance fees […]

PGPT128

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PGPT128 Date: 2007 Source: Richard Horne This is the design for the shelter drawn by Richard Horne, the craftsman who built it (PGPT094). The completed shelter is shown in PGPT120.

PGPT113

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PGPT113 Date:July 2007 (?) Source: Photograph by volunteer These ‘bunch of grapes’ bricks are built into the walls shown in PGPT112. They were made, like so many of the ‘fancy’ bricks in the garden, in the the workshops of Gunton Bros of Costessey. This design can also be seen on houses in the Street at […]

PGPT115

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PGPT115 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer There was an unfortunate incident during a hot spell in 2007 when a young bird was so eager to drink that it fell into the fountain and was drowned. John Gibling, a volunteer, made this leaf shaped lead bird bath for the top of the rockworks in […]

PGPT103 and PGPT091

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  PGPT103 and PGPT091 Date: 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Ruins in this spot (cf PGPT081) suggested the ‘Gothic’ alcove which the Trust decided to reconstruct in 2007, using original material found in the garden. It is an example of the ‘medievalising’ taste of Henry Trevor, shown also in the walls. For practical reasons it […]

PGPT211

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PGPT211 Date: 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer The work of restoring the ‘Gothic’ alcove using materials found in the garden, was undertaken by the building firm ……… See also PGPT103,105,130, and Guide book 2009 p34. All the builders who have worked on restoration in the garden have become enthusiastic about the unusual designs and materials […]

PGPT081, 109 and 105

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PGPT081 Date: April 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer This view of the ‘Gothic’ alcove shows its state before restoration work was undertaken ( cf PGPT091). Planting schemes for the rockworks have also been carried out by Marj Wilson and Lesley Cunneen (cf PGPT276).   PGPT109 and PGPT105 Date: April 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer One […]

PGPT214

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PGPT214 Date: March 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer Rock works were a very popular feature of Victorian gardens. Volcanic rock like tufa was considered the most desirable material, but, if this could not be obtained, clinker, a waste product from gasworks was an acceptable substitiute. Henry Trevor probably obtained his clinker from the works on […]

PGPT028

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PGPT028 Date:1980s Source:Sketch by PGPT volunteer in PGPT archive This sketch was an attempt to reconstruct the ‘Gothic Alcove’ from the (very obscure) background on the left of PGPT027.

PGPT027

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PGPT027 Date:1920s Source: Green family album The path on the left has been grassed over to enlarge the lawn for a tennis court. The ivy on the terrace is very overgrown, and so are the plants on the rockworks. There is a structure which was described as an umpire’s stand at the top of the […]

PGPT260

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PGPT260 Date: July 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer Many of the original steps at the top of the flight up to the Italian terrace had become worn and a possible hazard for the public, so in 2004 new ‘Mooncrete’ steps were used to replace the damaged ones, though care was taken to retain or reuse […]

PGPT333

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PGPT333 Date: early 2000s Source: photograph by volunteer A view of the Italian terrace, showing the recreated summerhouse in position at the top of the steps (see PGPT319/20).

PGPT256

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PGPT256 Date: 2000 Source: photograph by volunteer The garden is very photogenic in snow! These steps were built by volunteers to lead from the fountain up to the center path along the east bank.

PGPT258

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PGPT258 Date: 1999 Source: photograph by volunteer The caption explains that a trench was dug for the pipes and cables needed and required to supply the south end of the garden with water and electricity, both often for events such as parties and weddings held in marquees on the lawn. Although this was for a […]

PGPT334

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PGPT334 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer At the top of the rockworks are two large lumps of clinker, each at the head of ‘steps’ down which a trickle of water could flow. Clinker from the gaswoks was used by Henry Trevor as a cheap substitute for the volcanic rock which was advised as desirable […]

PGPT188

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PGPT188 Date: 1940s/50s? Source: donated by visitor Date and subject not known. The interest lies in a further illustration of the original 1857 date plaque (see PGPT186 etc).

PGPT186

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PGPT186 Date: 1992 Source: photograph by volunteer The plaque showing the date of construction of the fountain had disappeared by 1980 when restoration began. There were, however, several photographs which showed the original (PGPT137 etc) and so it was possible to have a reproduction made with the date 1857 copied in the original style, with […]

PGPT371

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PGPT371 Date: early 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows the Plantation house still looking much as it did in 1897 (cf PGPT067) but the foreground is very different. The flint/brick shed, built in the 1980s, stands where once the gardener’s cottage (cf PGPT034) and a fruit store stood. The relative positions of master’s […]

PGPT370

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PGPT370 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer Rockworks became very popular in Victorian gardens, with manuals giving instructions about how to build them using limestone and clinker waste from furnaces or gasworks. A large piece of clinker can be seen at the top of the ‘steps’ here, down which water could trickle to be absorbed […]

PGPT058

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PGPT058 Date: 1926 Source: Green family album G.Colman Green, son of George Green (see PGPT059), produced an album with photographs, newspaper cuttings and his own sketches to illustrate the life of his father. This sketch, signed and dated. is inscribed ‘entrance to the Plantation, Earlham Road, Norwich’, and a sentence added at the bottom says […]

PGPT065

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PGPT065 Date: 1928 Source: Boulton & Paul catalogue (Rustic Work and log Cabins), NRO We do not know whether the rustic summerhouse in the Plantation (see PGPT415) was made by Boulton & Paul, but this illustration from a later catalogue indicates that they had produced similar elaborate cabins, and as Henry Trevor purchased his Palm […]

PGPT329

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PGPT329 Date: 1856 Source: illustrations from ‘Rustic adornments for Homes of Taste’ Shirley Hibberd’s book, first published in the year in which Henry Trevor built the Plantation, was an enormous success, reprinted several times. Henry Trevor’s garden reveals its influence very strongly: here can be seen the tall urn on a pedestal (cf PGPT002) in […]

PGPT072

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PGPT072 Date 19c Source Boulton & Paul catalogues, 1898 and others The interest of this drawing of one pattern of cast iron cresting which Boulton & Paul could supply with its conservatories is that this design can be seen clearly along the edge of the Palm House in PGPT001.

PGPT049

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PGPT049 Date 1893 Source Catalogue of Boulton & Paul (ref.NN105) In the description of the Palm house in the 1897 auction particulars there is mention of a saddle boiler which heated the 1000′ of hot water piping in the Palm house. It is known that B & P supplied the Palm house in 1871, so […]

PGPT300

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PGPT300 Date: 1903 Source: catalogue of ‘Ornamental Brick Mouldings’ made by Gunton Bros of Costessey. This page of the catalogue shows some of the windows made by Guntons which Henry Trevor used on the ‘Gothic’ fountain (PGPT299) and lavishly around the garden e.g. on pedestals (cf PGPT356/7), the Window folly (PGPT096) and the Gothic alcove […]

PGPT011

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PGPT011 Date: early 20c. Source: Gunton Bros pamphlet with illustrations of their work This photograph is labelled “Old work recently renewed by Gunton Bros for Lord Stafford”. Examples of the fleur de lys bricks shown on the shaft of the chimney, and the bosses on the base, are found in the Plantation Garden. Lord Stafford […]

PGPT311 and 315

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   PGPT311 and 315 Date: 1907 and 1893 Source: catalogue of Gunton Bros and photograph by Sarah Cocke Gunton Bros of Costessey (see Guide book 2009 p11) prospered from the early 19c when the firm was employed to repair the medieval Costessey Hall. They found that the moulded bricks and windows etc that they made […]

PGPT369

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PGPT369 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer The left hand pillar from the propagating house (see History and Guide 2009 p 33). The propagating house can just be seen beyond the fountain in PGPT001, though already in 1897 the pillars were covered with ivy. The pillars were decorated with various Gunton Bros fancy bricks(PGPT311): rose, […]

PGPT148

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PGPT148 Date: 1990-2000 Source: as PGPT147 This postcard shows one general view of the garden and 3 details – the angel on the ‘window’ (see PGPT096), details of the fountain and the dog’s head on the ‘medieval’ wall. The background here has been constructed with pebble flints – elsewhere variety is provided by using knapped […]

PGPT309, 310, 313 and 314

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    PGPT309, 310, 313 and 314 Date: 1990s Source: photographs by Sarah Cocke These are all details of the ‘medieval’ wall which Henry Trevor built in 1871 as a retaining wall when he levelled the slope in front of the house so that he could site his large Palm house there. He made this wall […]

PGPT307, 308 and 316

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   PGPT307, 308 and 316 Date: 1990s Source: photographs by Sarah Cocke These details of the ‘medieval’ wall reveal clearly Henry Trevor’s taste for designs which echo medieval ecclesiastical architecture. The shield in PGPT307 is similar to one of those in PGPT111, the emblem of the cross speaks for itself and reflects Henry Trevor’s devout […]

PGPT306

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PGPT306 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer This detail of the west wall of St Peter Mancroft church illustrates the influence of the medieval churches of Norwich on Henry Trevor’s designs for his garden, where the fashionable taste for the medieval was much in evidence.

PGPT111 and PGPT358

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  PGPT111 and PGPT358 Date: July 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer Set in the Italian terrace wall are 3 terracotta plaques with shields of arms, 2 small and identical, with a larger one below. Research in the early 1980s (see Ex Fonte no.4 p9) into the heraldry showed that the upper 2 plaques have arms which […]

PGPT356 and PGPT357

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  PGPT356 and PGPT357 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer These are two of the six pedestals which punctuate the wall surrounding the fountain. They must date to 1857, when it was built (cf PGPT186). It is interesting to note that each of them is different, though each uses a window frame which matches a […]

PGPT354 and PGPT355

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   PGPT354 and PGPT355 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer Gunton Bros catalogue (see PGPT311) declares that the moulded bricks which are their speciality can be made in red and white, and here are examples from the walls of the Plantation garden. Both bricks have of course weathered: the red remains unmistakably brick, whereas after […]

PGPT390

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PGPT390 Date:1990s Source: photograph by volunteer This is a detail of the ‘medieval’ wall (cf PGPT305). The date plaque here is very valuable for the information it gives about when the wall was built, i.e. in 1871 as part of the construction preparatory to the erection of the Palm House (cf PGPT003). No explanation has […]

PGPT323

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PGPT323 Date:1990s Source: photograph by volunteer A visitor making the ascent to the top of the terrace would find continual interest in the designs on the walls. They are amazingly varied and use an eclectic mixture of materials. Thus here a flower pattern has been created from Gunton bricks intended to decorate chimneys (see PGPT011), […]

PGPT043, 044

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  PGPT043, 044 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer in PG archive A theory was taken up by some of the volunteers which maintained that much terracotta in the 19c had been limewashed to imitate stone. This theory was acted on in the area at the bottom of the steps down to the lawn from […]

PGPT140

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PGPT140 Date: 1956 Source: as PGPT137 This time the group of midwives has chosen the wall at the northern end of the lower lawn as a background for their photograph (cf PGPT060). The pedestal on the left clearly lacks an urn which should stand on top. The plaque is one of several of the same […]

PGPT149

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PGPT149 Date: 1940 Source: photograph from Harvey family This photograph, showing a young couple resting after a game of tennis, was donated with quite a story. Edward Harvey’s sister was on the midwifery staff at Plantation house and so when he came home on leave from the army in 1940 he was allowed to play […]

PGPT039

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PGPT039 Date: 1980s Source: photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive It can be seen that the fountain wall has been repaired, as has the wall alongside. The fountain wall is built with flints, the side wall with a mixture of flints,plain bricks, and ‘fancy’ Gunton bricks in red and white patterns. The fountain basin […]

PGPT366

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PGPT366 Date: 1856 Source: 1990s photograph by volunteer See PGPT067 for the history of Henry Trevor building the Plantation house. He put the date plaque (probably made by Gunton Bros) on a chimney stack, the left hand one in PGPT067. The chimney pot on the left is the most likely to be original, as its […]

PGPT289 and PGPT290

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  PGPT289 and PGPT290 Date: 1980s Source: photographs by volunteers Seeing these photographs side by side makes it easy to compare the plaque from the Plantation garden (PGPT289) with that from Oxburgh Hall (PGPT290). The story of these plaques is told in PGPT324-6.

PGPT326

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PGPT326 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The Victorian walled garden at Oxburgh has castellated towers and gateways in the medieval style, as shown here. An HMB plaque (see PGPT324/5) was built in over the doorway. Since the moulded bricks and the chimney stacks of the Hall can be identified as Gunton products we can […]

PGPT325

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PGPT325 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The plaque in this photograph looks identical to the one in the Plantation garden as in PGPT324 – and indeed it is from the same mould. But this plaque is to be found at Oxburgh Hall, where Sir Henry Bedingfeld,6th Baronet, and his wife Margaret, embarked in 1830 […]

PGPT324

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PGPT324 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer This is one of the pair of pedestals that stand at the top of the steps of the Italian terrace. It is notable in several ways. Each of the other pedestals that you pass as you ascend the slope has a different design: here the opposing faces of […]

PGPT210

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PGPT210 Date: 1980s Source: photograph in PGPT archive The Plantation garden was built in a quarry, where chalk extraction had succeeded or accompanied mining for flints. These are examples of the fresh flints which can emerge when the soil is penetrated to any depth. Flints were used extensively in building the garden, both as uncut […]

PGPT244

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PGPT244 Date: August 2008 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson The planting in the foreground includes astilbes and tree ferns. In the background can be seen the wall restored in the south east corner of the lawn and the restored Gothic alcove beyond.

PGPT368

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PGPT368 Date: 2003 This retaining wall in the south-east corner of the lower lawn had largely collapsed by 1980, when the garden was ‘discovered’ (cf PGPT252). Restoration was begun here in 2003, by Michael Herring (PGPT253), a builder who had done a lot of work on traditional buildings.The lower parts of this wall were still […]

PGPT253

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PGPT253 Date: 2003 Source: photograph by volunteer This shows the early stages of the restoration of the retaining wall which appears in PGPT252. Michael Herring, the builder who undertook the restoration appears at the left. As in other restoration work, the materials used were found in the garden, and the style was copied from the […]

PGPT252

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PGPT252 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer Allan Sewell This photograph shows the ruinous state of the retaining wall in the south east corner of the level area of the garden in 1980 when the Trust began its work. The most prominent of the mixture of materials are the Gunton Bros spiral chimney bricks, bottom […]

PGPT136

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PGPT136 Date: 10th July 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer The ‘Gothic’ fountain was built by Henry Trevor in 1857, a year after he finished his house (cf PGPT366). It must have provided immediately a view point of interest in the quarry where he was planning his garden. It is a unique feature: a tribute to […]

PGPT193,194,195,196,197,198

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      PGPT193,194,195,196,197,198 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer (probably John Watson) These photographs, taken during the restoration of the fountain, give details of its construction and workings which are not usually seen! See Ex Fonte no.12 1991 for John Watson’s description of this structure.

PGPT192

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PGPT192 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer John Watson, shown here in typical form at work on the fountain, became an active member of the PGPT from its early days. He was Chairman 1983-1993 and was made Honorary President in 2003. Bruce Adam (Chairman 2000- 2007) wrote about John in Ex Fonte no.23 2003 and […]

PGPT191

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PGPT191 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The brick construction of the fountain basin (see PGPT182,4) is being relined before filling with water.

PGPT190

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PGPT190 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer In the 1980s there was continual work on restoring the fountain which had already become the iconic symbol of the PGPT (see PGPT181/2,184). There are reports in Ex Fonte throughout the 1980s of the progress of the work.

PGPT184

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PGPT184 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer Work on restoring the fountain continued throughout the 1980s. As in PGPT182, the brickwork of the basin is exposed and it has not yet been lined.

PGPT182

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PGPT182 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The sycamores, ivies etc have been removed, the brickwork in the basin looks trim, and the contrast with PGPT181 shows how much work has been done. As yet there is no water to help the annual gathering of the frogs which arrive from all over the garden in […]

PGPT302

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PGPT302 Date: 1980 Source: Photograph by volunteer One of the early pictures of the fountain which shows how much work lay ahead of the pioneer volunteers. For a description of their first reactions see PGPT181. This view has been taken looking west, so the Plantation house can be seen top left through the overgrown saplings.

PGPT181

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PGPT181 Date: 1980s Source: photogaraph by volunteer Allan Sewell In Ex Fonte no 1, 1980, there is a description of the state of the fountain and what needed to be done. This photograph illustrates the description: ‘At a first glance the fountain appeared, almost more than anything else in the garden, to be in imminent […]

PGPT201 and PGPT202

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  PGPT201 and PGPT202 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer, probably Allan Sewell This image of the fountain basin crumbling and overgrown with young saplings can be contrasted with PGPT199 after the efforts of volunteers had restored it. The rainwater collected in the bottom of the basin explains how generations of frogs had managed to […]

PGPT045

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PGPT045 Date: 1960s Source: photograph in PG archives This aerial view shows St John’s Cathedral top right, and evidence of neglect in the garden: the upper and lower lawns are unkempt and the fountain basin is empty.

PGPT189

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PGPT189 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by John Watson, volunteer In 1980 the remains of this Doulton fountain were found on the lawn beside the Plantation house (cf PGPT014) and removed by John Watson for repair. This work has never been completed and to date (2012) what remains is still in store (PGPT284). There is some […]

PGPT284

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PGPT284 Date: September 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer This fountain, probably made by Doulton, seems to have been introduced into the Plantation garden by George Green (PGPT087) in the 1920s. It is very similar to the one which appears in the photograph of the conservatory of Carrow house (PGPT066). It appears on the lawn of […]

PGPT155

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PGPT155 Date: 1930s Source: as PGPT143 This same nurse appears in PGPT145/6. She is posing in front of the Doulton ceramic fountain on the lawn to the south of the Plantation house (see PGPT014).

PGPT141

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PGPT141 Date: 1947-50 Source: as PGPT138 Another of the photographs taken by midwives staying at the Plantation. The background chosen here is the Doulton fountain (PGPT284) situated on the lawn beside the house (cf PGPT014)

PGPT046 and 047

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PGPT046 Date: 1940s Source: photograph given to PG archive by someone who had lived in the Plantation house during her training as a midwife. The Doulton fountain on the lawn beside the house was regularly chosen as a background for souvenir photographs (cf PGPT141). PGPT047 Date: 1936 Source: photograph given to PG archive by Mrs […]

PGPT014

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PGPT014 Date:1940s/50s Source: unknown This photograph was taken on the lawn to the south of the Plantation house. It shows a gardener standing beside a fountain, parts of which were discovered here in 1980 and removed into the protection of the brick shed in the Plantation garden (PGPT284). This ceramic fountain was made by Doulton, […]

PGPT066

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PGPT066 Date: 1909 Source: Boulton and Paul 1909 catalogue This photograph of the interior of the Palm House, built in 1895, at Carrow House, owned by the Colman family (of Colman’s mustard fame), gives us the best idea we can have of the interior of the Palm House in the Plantation (PGPT003). We know from […]

PGPT144

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PGPT144 Date: 1930s Source: as PGPT143 Presumably a mother with the baby she has borne in the Plantation clinic. In the background are visible an urn shaped like a shell (still there) and the balustrade (now restored, see PGPT040/1/2). Photographs dating to 1947 and 1956 (in the archive but not included here) show the same […]

PGPT281

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PGPT281 Date: April 2005 Source: photograph by volunteer The rustic bridge, reconstructed in 1998 (cf PGPT374), acts both as a belvedere and a link between various paths around the garden (cf PGPT098). PGPT402 shows a view of the bridge from the upper lawn.

PGPT254

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PGPT254 Date: c 2002 Source: photograph by volunteer From the early days of restoration of the garden the PGPT volunteer guides have taken groups around the garden talking about its history and significance. The letter shown in PGPT414 illustrates the appreciation felt by many visitors. On special occasions, such as the Queen’s Jubilee, or for […]

PGPT304 and PGPT312

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PGPT304 and PGPT312 Date: 1998 Source: photograph by volunteer In 1998 the Norwich Society was celebrating its 75th anniversary and invited suggestions for projects to commemorate the occasion. Fortunately for the PGPT, the restoration of a bridge had been one of the Society’s original projects, and so it was agreed that the Society would bear […]

PGPT152

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PGPT152 Date: 1930s Source: as PGPT151/4 This photograph (label ‘View of Garden’) must have been taken from the rustic bridge, looking South. The Palm House has been demolished and apparently been replaced by a rose garden. In the foreground a framework can just be seen beneath climbing plants: was this the remains of the glazed […]

PGPT012

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PGPT012 Date:1928 Source: Boulton & Paul catalogue, no.132 and 133 The rustic bridges shown in these photographs are very similar to the rustic bridge in a 1930s photograph of the rustic bridge in the Plantation Garden (PGPT373). As Henry Trevor obtained his Palm House from Boulton and Paul, it is very probable that he also […]

PGPT005

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PGPT005 Date: c.1927 Source: family album of the Page family (cf PGPT016); photograph donated by Bettine Page. This photograph was taken by Brian Page, grandson of John Joseph Gray Page (see PGPT168), who was the eldest stepson of Henry Trevor (see 106). This view was taken from the rustic bridge and can be compared with […]

PGPT022

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PGPT022 Date:1920s Source: Green family album Rather poor copies of rather poor photographs from the family album of the Greens. George Green (see PGPT059) held the lease of the Plantation throughout the 1920s, and here members of his family are playing tennis on the lawn and 2 young children are peeping through the balustrades at […]

PGPT241

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PGPT241 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer Dubravka Yarwood This oblique view of the Italian terrace and rustic summerhouse shows that it is quite a steep climb from the lawn up the slope, which was probably a chalk cliff at the south end of the quarry when Henry Trevor began work on his garden. Planting […]

PGPT320

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PGPT320 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by Sarah Cocke Comparison with PGPT319 reveals what lay beneath the thick covering of ivy. Although inevitably some repairs to the facade were needed, the most obvious reconstruction was of sections of the balustrade. In the 1897 auction particulars this area of the garden is described as ‘The Italian Garden’, […]

PGPT317

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PGPT317 Date: c1989 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows work in progress on the Italian terrace. The eastern section of the balustrade has been restored, the western has yet to be tackled. There are no urns on the upper pedestals and the summerhouse lies in the future.

PGPT322

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PGPT322 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph of one corner the wall of the Italian terrace shows a typical mixture of the materials Henry Trevor used in his garden, in contrast to those used to create the Italian gardens of many wealthy owners of country estates. At Shrubland Park (see PGPT321) the grand […]

PGPT038

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PGPT038 Date: 1985 Source: photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive The Italian balustrade is shown here after some work has been done: Much of the ivy covering has been stripped away (cf PGPT319), and most of the balustrade has been restored. It can be seen that the lawn area is unkempt and full of […]

PGPT319

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PGPT319 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows as clearly as the 1980 photographs of the fountain (e.g. PGPT302) what a task was taken on by the original volunteers in the garden. A comparison with PGPT320, of the same view, indicates how much work was done to remove the years of growth of […]

PGPT063

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PGPT063 Date: 1919/20 Source: detail from photograph in Green family album In the family album, George Colman Green, son of George Green, has written ‘The North Elmham Naval Boys at the Plantation, 1919-20’. On the same page is a photograph of the boys in their sailor hats with the Lady Mayoress (Mrs Green). She can […]

PGPT116

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PGPT116 Date: April 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer A view of the restored rustic summerhouse at the top of the Italian terrace, after the roof had been renovated with Norfolk reed (see PGPT114). Visible on the inside wall is an information board about the summerhouse.

PGPT114 and 219

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  PGPT114 and 219 Date : July 2007 Source: Photographs by volunteer The recreated rustic summerhouse at the top of the Italian steps. It is possible to see the deterioration of the heather thatched roof which led to re-roofing in Norfolk reed in 2008 (see PGPT090). The 1886 photograph of the summerhouse which the modern […]

PGPT332

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PGPT332 Date: 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer Another picture of the recreated summerhouse with its heather roof (see PGPT135) before it was replaced with a roof of Norfolk reed (see PGPT116).

PGPT331

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PGPT331 Date: c.2000 Source: photograph by volunteer Here can be seen a panel from the original 1886 summerhouse which was found in 1980 on the lawn near the Beeches (see PGPT090). This panel and the one just glimpsed on the right were decorated with ‘found’ pieces of wood to make images of swans.

PGPT135

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PGPT135 Date: June 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer The photograph shows the recreated rustic summerhouse (cf PGPT114) at the top of the Italian terrace steps. At this date the heather roof is still in reasonable condition. Clearly visible are the ‘swans’ decorating the front panels, inspired by the panels surviving from Henry Trevor’s original summerhouse […]

PGPT255

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PGPT255 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer Here we see the remains of a thatched rustic summer house which were found on the lawn near the Plantation house in 1980. The ‘swan’ panels on either side of the door were preserved by the PGPT for several years (cf PGPT331), but they eventually deteriorated to the […]

PGPT048

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PGPT048 Date 1935 Source as PGPT 047 The rustic summer house shown here in the garden of ‘The Beeches’ (cf PGPT051) was of similar taste to the summer house in The Plantation (cf PGPT007). This garden has been built on since 1980 for an extension to the hotel and part of its car park. The […]

PGPT479

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PGPT479 Date 1886 Source: original 1886 photograph in PGPT archive, re-photographed by Sarah Cocke 1998 It is remarkably fortunate that this family photograph has survived since 1886. Members of Henry Trevor’s family are posed in front of a rustic summerhouse in the Plantation garden, probably returned from, or about to set out for, the service […]

PGPT125

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PGPT125 Date: May 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer This ‘gargoyle’ head (perhaps another product of Gunton Bros (see PGPT104) was built into the ‘medieval’ wall at its northen end. This wall (cf PGPT305) was built as a retaining wall in 1871 (date on plaque in wall) when Henry Trevor erected his Palm house. Previously the […]

PGPT305

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PGPT305 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by Sarah Cocke The ‘medieval’ terrace wall was built in 1871, as we know from a plaque with that date set into the wall. The ecclesiastical style, with much use of ‘niches’ with designs within them, echoes many Norwich church walls, such as that of St Peter Mancroft in PGPT306. […]

PGPT040, 041, 042

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   PGPT040, 041, 042 Date: 1989 Source: photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive There was co-operation between the hotelier and the PGPT to restore the balustrade above the retaining wall in front of the hotel.

PGPT037

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PGPT037 Date: 1989 Source: photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive The Plantation house, built by Henry Trevor in 1856. In the early 1980s it became part of ‘The Beeches’ hotel. In this photograph the balustrade along the top of the retaining ‘medieval’ wall has not yet been restored, and there is much work to […]

PGPT061

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PGPT061 Date: 1919/20 Source: photograph in PGPT archive Another group photograph (cf PGPT060) recording an occasion when George Green welcomed a group of visitors into the garden. Perhaps these were ministers attending a Baptist conference. George Green is wearing the mayoral chain of office. The group is posing in front of the ‘Window’ built by […]

PGPT428

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PGPT428 Date: June 2011 Source: photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling This stone water spout is also seen in PGPT062. It was returned to the Garden and reinstated in its original position.

PGPT096

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PGPT096 Date: c.2000 Source: photograph by volunteer The ‘window’ folly is a good example of Henry Trevor’s liking for the medieval style in the decoration of his garden. In PGPT061/2 this feature can be seen as it appeared in the 1930s. The restoration in the 1990s was not able to make use of the 1930s […]

PGPT062

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PGPT062 Date: 1920s Source: photograph in PGPT archives from Green Family Mr and Mrs Green are shown posing in the garden (cf PGPT 059) on the steps between the remains of the propagating house on the left and the ‘Window’ (cf PGPT 061) on the right. Of the other sculptural decorations shown here, only the […]

PGPT034

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PGPT034 Date: 1st quarter 20c Source: 1980s postcard from unknown original. (cf PGPT 032) The gardener’s cottage in The Plantation is described in the 1897 auction particulars as comprising ‘Entrance,Two Sitting Rooms,Kitchen, Pantry, W.C. and Three Bedrooms’. In the 1860 census one George Woodhouse and his family were living in the cottage, and he was […]

PGPT033

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PGPT033 Date: suggested 1920s. Source: 1980s postcard from unknown original Interesting features here are the rustic fence in the lower left hand corner, the steps on the West bank, the urns on the pedestals around the fountain and the eagles(?) on top of the columns in front of the propagating house. More about the fountain […]

PGPT006

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PGPT006 Date: 1920s Source: Green family album This is a companion photograph to PGPT017. It is notable that the Palm House has been demolished, and probably a rose garden has replaced it. The ivy on the supporting wall is overgrown (cf PGPT003) as is the bank in front of it. There are at least 3 […]

PGPT010

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PGPT010 Date: 1897 Source: as PGPT008/9. The photograph shows The Elms, Heigham Grove. In 1897 and for many years before, Henry Trevor’s stepson, John Joseph Gray Page (PGPT168) lived in this house with his large family.

PGPT008 and PGPT009

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PGPT008 and PGPT009 Date: 1897 Source: Spelman (auctioneers) included these photographs in their particulars of sale of the lease of the Plantation house and garden and other properties owned by Henry Trevor. The sale was held after Henry Trevor’s death in May 1897. PGPT008 shows part of the terrace of 7 houses which Henry Trevor […]

PGPT051

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PGPT051 Date: 1897 Source: Auction sale particulars, as PGPT008 This photograph shows ‘The Beeches’, which Henry Trevor built in the 1860s between his own dwelling house and the Earlham Rd. The conservatory, garden and thatched summerhouse (cf PGPT047/8) are visible to the left of the house. Henry Trevor let the property to tenants. In 1897 […]

PGPT151 and PGPT154

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  PGPT151 and PGPT154 Date: 1930s Source: advertising brochure for nursing home in 1930s After the death of George Green in 1929 a group of doctors took over the lease of the Plantation and set up a clinic and nursing home. (Since the garden was opened to the public in 1980 many visitors have told […]

PGPT439

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PGPT439 Date: 1995 Source: photograph by volunteer Sheila Adam The Plantation house exterior looks very similar in modern times to its 1897 appearance (cf PGPT067). From this angle, it is possible to see how Henry Trevor chose to build on a slightly elevated site, planning that the drive dipped from the Earlham road, then rose […]

PGPT067

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PGPT067 Date: 1897 Source: Auction particulars, as in PGPT001 This shows the Plantation house which Henry Trevor completed in 1856 (date on chimney). He was granted a 75 year lease of the land (a former quarry) from 1855, at a ground rent of £66 p.a. A condition of the lease was that he was to […]

PGPT177 and PGPT178

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  PGPT177 and 178 Date: c1898 Source: Boulton and Paul catalogue and modern photograph by volunteer This conservatory was described as recently erected at Carrow House in the 1898 catalogue of Boulton and Paul, who also supplied the Palm House in the Plantation garden. The owners of Carrow House were the Colman family (of mustard […]

PGPT318

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PGPT318 Date: 1897 Source: enlargement by Sarah Cocke from PGPT002 This enlargement was made to show details of the Palm house made by Boulton and Paul (see pages from their catalogue PGPT075, 078). Points of interest are the glazed entrance to the boiler house on the right, copied in 2000 to make a shed (PGPT097), […]

PGPT015 and PGPT029

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PGPT015 Date: 1890s Source: negative donated by J.F.C.Mills The photograph was taken from the lawn of the Plantation house, looking across the top of the Palm house to St John’s Catholic cathedral. The cathedral is only partly built, and this is how the photograph can be dated to the 1890s. N.b. the globe lights beside […]

PGPT018

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PGPT018 Date: 1890s Source: photograph in PGPT archive The cathedral of St John the Baptist (R.C.) is an immediate neighbour of the Plantation garden. It was built, between 1884 and 1910, on the site of the old city gaol, for the 15th Duke of Norfolk. The architect was G.G.Scott Jun. Henry Trevor must have been […]

PGPT002

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PGPT002 Date:1897 Source: as in PGPT001 This view was taken looking north from the top of the Italian terrace. The Plantation house (PGPT067) can be seen near the horizon on the left, and the Palm House and Winter Garden (PGPT003) are visible at the far end of the garden. The way the ivy has been […]

PGPT003

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PGPT003 Date:1890s Source: detail from a photograph (PGPT019) taken by ‘John Gavin, Artist, 85, St Giles St., Norwich (Only Address)’. Original in PG archive. Re-photographed in 1998 by Sarah Cocke. The Palm House and Winter garden. This large glass house (octagon 29′ across, rectangle 35′ x 15′) was presumably erected in 1871, since that is […]

PGPT056

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PGPT056 Date 1897 Source: Detail of PGPT001 This enlargement shows clearly the propagating house (described in the auction particulars as ‘span-roof…..24ft by 10ft), with the row of finials along the top, an open door and plants standing on the shelf inside. There is also a cold frame behind. On the pedestals around the fountain urns […]

PGPT001

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PGPT001 Date:1897 Source: Spelman (auctioneers) included this photograph in their particulars of sale of the lease of the Plantation house and garden. The sale was held after Henry Trevor’s death in May 1897. Re-photographed in 1998 by Sarah Cocke from the original in the NRO. This view was taken looking south from the rustic bridge […]

PGPT459

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PGPT459 Date: April 2013 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson A new shed is installed. This shed replaced one less than half the size and was becoming very difficult for volunteers to prepare Sunday teas, wash up and store all the notice boards and other items including a replica Victorian wheelbarrow.

PGPT456 and PGPT457

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  PGPT456/7 Date: October 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The remains of the original chimney and underground ducting from the boiler house (which had been under the palm house) are rediscovered, recorded and reburied. The chimney was positioned about 20 metres away from the palm house so that smoke did not spoil the […]

PGPT447

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PGPT447 Date: 24th July 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The stock plant area has frequently been troubled by fox activity (they like to play with the pots). It is hoped that the trellis fence will deter them.

PGPT445

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PGPT445 Date: April 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer New retaining wall beside the toolshed.

PGPT424

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PGPT424 Date: June 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer Planter sited in the shelter after restoration.

PGPT428 and PGPT062

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PGPT428 Date: June 2011 Source: photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling This gargoyle was returned to the Garden after spending many years in gardens owned by a descendant of Mr Green. It was reinstated in its original position as shown in June 2011 PGPT062 Date: 1920s Source: photograph in PGPT archives from Green Family Mr and […]

PGPT423 and PGPT 432

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  PGPT423 and PGPT 432 Date: May 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer West bank covering and new planting.

PGPT419

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PGPT419 Date: October 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer New toolshed / Volunteer Mike.

PGPT420

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PGPT420 Date: 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer Restored access to the upper levels (above and left of the summerhouse).

PGPT415 and PGPT418

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PGPT415 Date: 2010 Source: plan by Marjorie Wilson West Bank Planting Plan. PGPT418 Date: 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer Preparation for planting.

PGPT288

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PGPT288 Date: 20th September 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer See PGPT235 for the story of how the Trust was able to build a new greenhouse in 2009. The structure is not an exact replica of the original (we have no evidence of its appearance) but it has been built in a ‘Victorian’ style on the […]

PGPT247

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PGPT247 Date: 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer The 1883 map shows that Henry Trevor’s design included many flights of steps to exploit the different levels of the garden, so as to make interesting walks and give varied views from above on to the colourful flower beds below. Many of these flights have been lost, some […]

PGPT278

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PGPT278 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer On the O.S. 1883 map a flight of steps is shown leading from the south east of the upper terrace to the path which ran around the circumference of the top of the garden. In 2009 work was begun to uncover the remains of the original steps […]

PGPT232 and PGPT233

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  PGPT232 and PGPT233 Date: February 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer These 2 photographs show a further stage of the work being carried out in PGPT092/3. The collapsed retaining wall in the south west corner of the main lawn (cf PGPT129) was restored by building an inner skin of breeze blocks, then adding a facing […]

PGPT092

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  PGPT092 Date: 2009 Source: photographs by Douglas Stewart, volunteer The retaining wall in the south west corner of the main lawn was already in a state of collapse in 1980. PGPT110 shows its state in July 2007, before restoration began. The Trust decided to rebuild it in 2009, with an inner skin of breeze […]

PGPT134

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  PGPT134 Date: October 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer In 1994 an accidental slip of the foot led to the discovery of this brick pediment in the bank to the East of the summerhouse at the top of the Italian terrace (see Ex Fonte 14 for a drawing and full report). It has the date […]

PGPT408

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PGPT408 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer Patrick Halpin The constitution of the PGPT sets out its aim of restoring the garden, so far as possible, to its 1897 appearance. The 1883 O.S. map (see PGPT407) showed flights of steps on the east bank which had virtually disappeared by 1980. This is an example of […]

PGPT116

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PGPT116 Date: April 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer A view of the restored rustic summerhouse at the top of the Italian terrace, after the roof had been renovated with Norfolk reed (see PGPT114). Visible on the inside wall is an information board about the summerhouse.

PGPT090

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PGPT090 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph was taken from a high viewpoint at the south end of the garden, at the top of the Italian terrace, looking across the thatched roof of the summerhouse past the balustrade on to the main lawn. When the summerhouse was reconstructed in 2003 (cf PGPT135) it […]

PGPT114

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PGPT114 Date : July 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer In 1980 the ruins of a thatched summerhouse (PGPT255) were found on the lawn beside the Beeches. No such structure was shown in that position on the 1883 O.S. map. However, the map did show a structure with measurements corresponding to the remaining sections at the […]

PGPT110

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PGPT110 Date: July 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer This view to the Italian terrace shows both the restored wall on the east (left hand) side of the lawn and the collapse of the wall on the west (right hand) side of the lawn. PGPT092 shows reconstruction of the latter underway.

PGPT128 and PGPT121

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PGPT128 Date: 2007 Source: Richard Horne This is the design for the shelter drawn by Richard Horne, the craftsman who built it (PGPT094). The completed shelter is shown in PGPT121. PGPT121 Date: October 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer View from above of the newly finished shelter (cf PGPT120) The rustic bridge, restored in 1998, is […]

PGPT095 and PGPT120

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PGPT095 Date: 1898 Source: Boulton & Paul catalogue When the Trust decided to build a shelter in the entrance yard of the garden (originally the site of glasshouses and fruit stores) the Boulton & Paul catalogue was consulted for design ideas, since Henry Trevor had used their design for his Palm House. This drawing, no. […]

PGPT117 and 118

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  PGPT117 and 118 Date : September 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer The shelter in the yard under construction. The completed shelter can be seen in PGPT120.

PGPT126

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PGPT126 Date: August 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer On the O.S. map of 1883, flights of steps were marked clearly on the slopes in many parts of the garden, though by 1980 many had almost disappeared. This photograph shows work on the reconstruction of steps leading from the wide space at the top of the […]

PGPT211 and PGPT103

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  PGPT211 and PGPT103 Date: 2007 Source: photographs by volunteer Ruins in this spot (cf PGPT109) suggested the ‘Gothic’ alcove which the Trust decided to reconstruct in 2007, using original material found in the garden. It is an example of the ‘medievalising’ taste of Henry Trevor, shown also in many of the garden’s walls. For […]

PGPT284

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PGPT284 Date: September 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer This fountain, probably made by Doulton, seems to have been introduced into the Plantation garden by George Green (PGPT087) in the 1920s. It is very similar to the one which appears in the photograph of the conservatory of Carrow house (PGPT066). It appears on the lawn of […]

PGPT105 and 109

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  PGPT105 and 109 Date: April 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer The ‘Gothic’ alcove before restoration (cf PGPT091). These ruins helped to indicate the original design. The path behind runs from the southern end of the main lawn to the eastern end of the Rustic bridge. A pioneer volunteer remembers his pleasure at ‘discovering’ this […]

PGPT205

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PGPT205 Date: 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer This was one of the several successful fetes held in the 1990s and early 2000s to raise funds. Among the popular ‘Victorian’ attractions were Punch and Judy, barrel organs etc. Of interest: the restored pillar on the left, part of the collapsed retaining wall which had been rebuilt […]

PGPT135

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PGPT135 Date: June 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer The photograph shows the recreated rustic summerhouse (cf PGPT114) at the top of the Italian terrace steps. At this date the heather roof is still in reasonable condition. Clearly visible are the ‘swans’ decorating the front panels, inspired by the panels surviving from Henry Trevor’s original summerhouse […]

PGPT260

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PGPT260 Date: July 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer Many of the original steps at the top of the flight up to the Italian terrace had become worn and a possible hazard for the public, so in 2004 new ‘Mooncrete’ steps were used to replace the damaged ones, though care was taken to retain or re-use […]

PGPT368

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PGPT368 Date: 2003 This retaining wall in the south-east corner of the lower lawn had largely collapsed by 1980, when the garden was ‘discovered’ (cf PGPT252). Restoration was begun here in 2003, by Michael Herring (PGPT253), a builder who had done a lot of work on traditional buildings.The lower parts of this wall were still […]

PGPT258

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PGPT258 Date: 1999 Source: photograph by volunteer The caption explains that a trench was dug for the pipes and cables needed and required to supply the south end of the garden with water and electricity, both often for events such as parties and weddings held in marquees on the lawn. Although this was for a […]

PGPT304 and PGPT312

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PGPT304 and PGPT312 Date: 1998 Source: photograph by volunteer In 1998 the Norwich Society was celebrating its 75th anniversary and invited suggestions for projects to commemorate the occasion. Fortunately for the PGPT, the restoration of a bridge had been one of the Society’s original projects, and so it was agreed that the Society would bear […]

PGPT337

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PGPT337 Date: 1997 Source: photograph by volunteer The family tomb in Earlham cemetery was built in 1862 when Joseph Gray (cf PGPT158) died. His inscription, on the right, tells us that he ‘lived in the faith of Jesus Christ for upwards of fifty years’, a reminder that he was a minister at the Pottergate St […]

PGPT317

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PGPT317 Date: c1989 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows work in progress on the Italian terrace. The eastern section of the balustrade has been restored, the western has yet to be tackled. There are no urns on the upper pedestals and the summerhouse lies in the future.

PGPT367

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PGPT367 Date: 1992 reproduction of 1857 date plaque Source: photograph by volunteer This pedestal from the wall surrounding the fountain basin has yet another window frame by Gunton Bros, different from those in PGPT356 and 357. See PGPT186 for information about the reproduction date plaque.

PGPT053

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PGPT053 Date 1992 Source photograph by volunteer Three young volunteers are shown uncovering one of the many drains alongside the path in the garden. It is notable that neither the flower bed along the edge of the Palm house lawn nor the round bed have yet been restored.

PGPT147

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PGPT147 Date: 1990s (?) Source: postcard sold by PGPT One of the ways the Trust tried to raise money was by printing and selling postcards. Their first publications in the 1980s were of old sepia photographs: this example comes from the second batch, when improvements could be illustrated. Thus the fountain has been cleared, repaired […]

PGPT040, 041, 042

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   PGPT040, 041, 042 Date: 1989 Source: photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive There was co-operation between the hotelier and the PGPT to restore the balustrade above the retaining wall in front of the hotel.

PGPT037

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PGPT037 Date: 1989 Source: photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive The Plantation house, built by Henry Trevor in 1856. In the early 1980s it became part of ‘The Beeches’ hotel. In this photograph the balustrade along the top of the retaining ‘medieval’ wall has not yet been restored, and there is much work to […]

PGPT043 and 044

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  PGPT043 and 044 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer in PG archive A theory was taken up by some of the volunteers which maintained that much terracotta in the 19c had been limewashed to imitate stone. This theory was acted on in the area at the bottom of the steps down to the lawn […]

PGPT039

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PGPT039 Date: 1980s Source: photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive It can be seen that the fountain wall has been repaired, as has the wall alongside. The fountain wall is built with flints, the side wall with a mixture of flints, plain bricks, and ‘fancy’ Gunton bricks in red and white patterns. The fountain […]

PGPT203

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PGPT203 Date: 1984 Source: photograph by courtesy of Eastern Daily Press Much work has been carried out in the 4 years since the Trust was set up (see PGPT 201/2) but the basin has not yet been lined. John Watson (see PGPT192) is the central of the 3 figures and had probably invited the newspaper […]

PGPT204

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PGPT204 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer An unknown event was taking place to display what improvements have been made: the balustrading of the Italian terrace has been repaired and a lot of the ivy which had covered the whole structure in 1980 (PGPT319) has been removed, revealing the fancy brickwork underneath. Urns have been […]

PGPT191

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PGPT191 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The brick construction of the fountain basin (see PGPT182,4) is being relined before filling with water.

PGPT190

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PGPT190 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer In the 1980s there was continual work on restoring the fountain which had already become the iconic symbol of the PGPT (see PGPT181/2,184). There are reports in Ex Fonte throughout the 1980s of the progress of the work.

PGPT035 and PGPT036

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  PGPT035 and PGPT036 Date: PGPT035 1986 early summer, PGPT036 1985 Source: photographs taken by volunteers In 1980 when the work of restoration began the lawn area was a mass of self sown grasses, saplings etc. (cf ) When work began on the lawn, a decision was taken to use traditional methods, and so the painstaking […]

PGPT038

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PGPT038 Date: 1985 Source: photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive The Italian balustrade is shown here after some work has been done. Much of the ivy covering has been stripped away (cf PGPT319), and most of the balustrade has been restored. It can be seen that the lawn area is unkempt and full of […]

PGPT173

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PGPT173 Date: 1981 Source: photograph by volunteer Editions of Ex Fonte from 1981 onward report on the progress of excavating foundations, drains, paths and beds in the Palm House. Today the outlines are marked by flower beds with attractive planting schemes devised by Marj Wilson (see PGPT097 and History and Guide 2009 p31).

PGPT082

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PGPT082 Date: 1883/4 Source: O.S. map This map has been invaluable as an aid to the restoration of the garden. It has proved so accurate that when the flowerbeds in the main lawn, which had been grassed over in the early 20c, were being restored, measurements taken from this map were found to tally exactly […]

PGPT252

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PGPT252 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer Allan Sewell This photograph shows the ruinous state of the retaining wall in the south east corner of the level area of the garden in 1980 when the Trust began its work. The most prominent of the mixture of materials are the Gunton Bros spiral chimney bricks, bottom […]

PGPT302

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PGPT302 Date: 1980 Source: Photograph by volunteer One of the early pictures of the fountain which shows how much work lay ahead of the pioneer volunteers. For a description of their first reactions see PGPT181. This view has been taken looking west, so the Plantation house can be seen top left through the overgrown saplings.

PGPT328

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PGPT328 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by Allan Sewell This view looking North from the Italian balustrades toward the house complements PGPT319. In the foreground is part of the ivy mountain covering steps and balustrades. The lawns and paths have disappeared under a covering of saplings, tall grass and brambles.

PGPT319

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PGPT319 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows as clearly as the 1980 photographs of the fountain (e.g. PGPT302) what a task was taken on by the original volunteers in the garden. A comparison with PGPT320, of the same view, indicates how much work was done to remove the years of growth of […]

PGPT085

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PGPT085 Date: early 1980s Source: photograph by Allan Sewell, a pioneer volunteer The photograph shows Bryony Nierop-Reading, who organised the first meeting, in Norwich City Library, of people who would be interested in starting the restoration of the Plantation garden. She had been alerted to the existence of the garden by a midwife who attended […]

PGPT061

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PGPT061 Date 1919/20 Source Photograph in PGPT archive Another photograph (cf PGPT060) recording an occasion when George Green welcomed a group of visitors into the garden. Perhaps these were ministers attending a Baptist conference. George Green is wearing the mayoral chain of office. The group is posing in front of the ‘Window’ built by Henry […]

PGPT018

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PGPT018 Date: 1890s Source: Photograph in PGPT archive The cathedral of St John the Baptist (R.C.) is an immediate neighbour of the Plantation garden. It was built between 1884 and 1910 on the site of the old city gaol. It was built for the 15th Duke of Norfolk and designed by G.G.Scott Jun. Henry Trevor […]

PGPT007

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PGPT007 Date:1886 Source: original photograph in PGPT archive This detail is taken from a family photograph () posed in front of the rustic summerhouse. It shows John Joseph Gray Page, Henry Trevor’s stepson and business partner, and one of his sons. The poster in the background advertises a Flower Service on 1st August 1886.

PGPT470

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PGPT470 Date: 22 June 2013 Source: Photo by Cynthia Gibling Dictamnus albus var. purpureus Not often seen in gardens. Dictamnus is slow to establish but very long lived. Plants form a bushy, upright clump of lemon-scented, glossy green leaves. Spikes of spidery-looking mauve-pink flowers appear in early summer, rather showy in effect, and worthwhile for […]

PGPT466

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PGPT466 Date: 7 May 2013 Source: Photo by Cynthia Gibling ‘Dordogne’ and ‘Shirley’s Dream’ in the circle, ‘New Design’ with wallflower, ‘Bronze Treasure’ in the rectangle beds.

PGPT464

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PGPT464 Date: 21 April 2013 Source: Photo by Cynthia Gibling

PGPT465

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PGPT465 Date: 9 April 2013 Source: Photo by Cynthia Gibling Tulip ‘Show Winner’

PGPT455

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PGPT455 Date: 20 April 2012 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson Muscari botryoides ‘Alba’ Euphorbia polychroma Geranium ‘JollyBee’ Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ Tulip ‘Dordogne’ Tulip ‘Caravelle’

PGPT454

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PGPT454 Date: 30 April 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer See Bedding Plans for details.

PGPT451

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PGPT451 Date: 25 Sept 2012 Source: photograph by Cynthia Gibling Begonia ‘Sutherlandii’ and plectranthus(?) in the restored urn located in the shelter.

PGPT449

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PGPT449 September 2012 A new tree fern.

PGPT448

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PGPT448 July 2012 Fuschias below the palm and Jubilee planting on the island bed.

PGPT446

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PGPT446 July 2012 Sweet peas and pot plants beside the new trellis fence around the nursery.

PGPT430

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PGPT430 Date: September 2011 Source: photo by Cynthia Gibling The Henry Trevor border at the entrance to the Garden. The first year it has been planted since restoration began.

PGPT427

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PGPT427 Date: June 2011 Source: photo by Cynthia Gibling The Henry Trevor border at the entrance to the Garden Ivy cleared and summer bedding planted for the first time. See PGPT 430 for the same view in September the same year.

PGPT425

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PGPT425 Date: June 2011 Source: Planting Day The fox-deterrent fence panels laid out ready to assemble.

PGPT421

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PGPT421 Date: May 2010 Source: photo by Cynthia Gibling Volunteer Graham The tulips had been cleared that morning and were destined for the compost heap!

PGPT276

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PGPT276 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer This view of the rockworks shows how well the planting planned by Marj Wilson and Lesley Cuneen had developed by 2009 (cf PGPT214). The prominence of ferns and cordylines echoes the taste of Victorian gardeners.

PGPT234 and PGPT236

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  PGPT234 and PGPT236 Date: Spring 2009 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson Crocus tommasinianus……and tulips……. in the Spring display

PGPT224

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PGPT224 Date: October 2008 Cobea Scandens

PGPT132

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PGPT132 Date: October 2008 Source: Photograph by volunteer The summer of 2008 was a hot one, as this picture of fruit setting on the banana plant ( ) which grew on the upper lawn testifies!

PGPT225

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PGPT225 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by Cynthia Gibling Marj Wilson was involved as a volunteer in the Plantation from its early days. Later she did more and more organising of planning and planting and became Head Gardener. She designed schemes for the rockworks, the beds on and around the Palm house lawn, in the entrance […]

PGPT244

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PGPT244 Date: August 2008 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson The planting in the foreground includes Astilbes, Diksonia antartica (tree ferns),………. In the background can be seen the wall restored in the south east corner of the lawn and the restored Gothis alcove beyond.

PGPT243

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PGPT243 Date: August 2008 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson A view looking North in which can be seen the summer bedding …….., the fountain, the glazed shed and the rustic bridge.

PGPT088 and PGPT237

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PGPT088 and PGPT237 Spring 2008 (Photos by Dubravka Yarwood)

PGPT239 and PGPT240

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  PGPT239 and PGPT240 Date: April 2008 Source: photograph by Dubravka Yarwood The spring bedding this year was, left: Bellis/Myosotis, right: Wallflowers/Tulips. One of the many bedding schemes devised by the planting sub-committee twice a year and carried out by Marjorie Wilson and the volunteers who came on the twice yearly Planting Days.

PGPT131 and PGPT129

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PGPT131 and PGPT129 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer This view was taken to show the damage done by foxes digging up the lawn in search of worms and other prey. Urban foxes are a regular nuisance in the centre of Norwich and can often be seen crossing gardens even in broad daylight. For […]

PGPT122 and PGPT123

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  PGPT122 and PGPT123 Date: September 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Head Gardener Marjorie Wilson is examining the notice tied onto the trunk of a clematis which climbs into a yew tree near the west end of the rustic bridge. This trunk has so large a circumference that the PGPT claims it as champion of […]

PGPT127

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PGPT127 Date: August 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Several beds in the garden, including 3 on the lower lawn, are planted twice each year with bedding plants in a modified version of Henry Trevor’s original ‘carpet bedding’. In 2007 this central ‘wheel bed’ had a central plant of Fatsia japonica, with spokes formed by Ophiopogon […]

PGPT100

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PGPT100 Date July 2007 Source Photograph by volunteer This view is of the South East corner of the main lawn. Cf PGPT083 for the story of the tree ferns and the architecture of the wall behind.

PGPT286

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PGPT286 Date: April 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer Visitors enjoying the spring sunshine and the winter/spring bedding as they sit in front of the rockworks.

PGPT226

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PGPT226 Date: c.2006 Source: photograph by volunteer The lower lawn in full summer bloom. Visible are Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Heuchera. In the distance the summerhouse can be seen at the top of the italian terrace.

PGPT263

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PGPT263 Date: 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows how attractive the rockworks can look. Photographs from the 1980s (PGPT387) and 1990s (PGPT370) illustrate earlier periods, and PGPT214 gives a description of the building materials used. Water was laid on to trickle down the ‘steps’ which descend from the lump of clinker at the […]

PGPT083

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PGPT083 Date May 2006 Source Photograph by volunteer A typical sight of volunteers (Dubravka, Janet and Jill) at work on a regular Tuesday morning. Of interest is the tree fern, donated by a visitor to the garden. It was decided to accept the gift, although there is no evidence that tree ferns were planted in […]

PGPT214

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PGPT214 Date: March 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer Rock works were a very popular feature of Victorian gardens. Volcanic rock like tufa was considered the most desirable material, but, if this could not be obtained, clinker, a waste product from gasworks was an acceptable substitiute. Henry Trevor probably obtained his clinker from the works on […]

PGPT280

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PGPT280 Date: April 2005 Source: photograph by volunteer The magnolia on the upper lawn.

PGPT282

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PGPT282 Date: September 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer The serving table and chairs on the right show that this photograph was taken on a Sunday during preparations for serving teas. The summer bedding is still in full flower around the trachycarpus fortunei, which is considerably smaller than it would be 4 years later (cf PGPT237).

PGPT268

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PGPT268 Date: 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer Red, white and blue are the colours used for this bedding scheme on the upper lawn, with a banana tree giving height in the centre.

PGPT330

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PGPT330 Date: early 2000s Source: photograph by volunteer In the foreground of this picture of the long west bed beside the main lawn can be seen part of the magnificent display of dahlias planted there for a year or two. Unfortunately they were discovered by a muntjac deer which arrived (probably from Earlham cemetery) and […]

PGPT336

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PGPT336 Date: c.2001 Source: photograph by volunteer One Sunday a visitor to the garden remarked that we were not growing a palm in the Palm house. a few weeks later he returned with the gift of a trachycarpus fortunei which has flourished in this sheltered position.

PGPT334

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PGPT334 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer At the top of the rockworks are two large lumps of clinker, each at the head of ‘steps’ down which a trickle of water could flow. Clinker from the gasworks was used by Henry Trevor as a cheap substitute for the volcanic rock which was advised as desirable […]

PGPT267

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PGPT267 Date: early 2000s Source: photograph by volunteer The label of this plant states: “This Hebe has a direct connection with Queen Victoria. She gave a sprig from her wedding bouquet to the wife of the Bishop of Norwich in 1840. It was propagated successfully, and our plant is a daughter of the hebe which […]

PGPT027

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PGPT027 Date: 1920s Source: Green family album The path on the left has been grassed over to enlarge the lawn for a tennis court. The ivy on the terrace is very overgrown, and so are the plants on the rockworks. There is a structure which was described as an umpire’s stand at the top of […]

PGPT172

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PGPT172 Date: 1890s Source: as PGPT019 This detail of the Gavin photograph enables identification of some plants, e.g. Albizia and Ailanthus (tree of heaven) on the left.

PGPT019 and 021

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   PGPT019 and 021 Date: 1890s Source: photograph taken by John Gavin. PGPT003 shows an enlarged detail of this photograph. It was taken from the Italian terrace looking North, from a point slightly lower than in PGPT002. The plantings are so similar in these 2 photographs that it is tempting to think they come from […]

PGPT351 and PGPT353

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   PGPT351 (left) Date: 1850s Source: History of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society (1929) Henry Trevor joined the N & N HS in the 1850s even before he started to create the Plantation garden. The society was founded in 1829, and early objectives seem as much charitable as horticultural. Members wanted ‘to raise the […]

PGPT247

PGPT247 Date: 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer The 1883 map shows that Henry Trevor’s design included many flights of steps to exploit the different levels of the garden, so as to make interesting walks and give varied views from above onto the colourful flower beds below. Many of these flights have been lost, some have […]

PGPT239 and PGPT240

PGPT239 and PGPT240 Date: 2008 Source: Photographs by Dubravka Yarwood One of the many bedding schemes devised by the planting sub-committee twice a year and carried out by Marjorie Wilson and the volunteers who came on the twice yearly Planting Days.

PGPT133

PGPT133 Date: October 2008 Source: Photograph by volunteer In 1842 Henry Trevor opened a furnishing business in Norwich (see PGPT079). The business flourished, first under Trevor’s own name, later as Trevor and Page when he took his eldest stepson into partnership (see PGPT007,106). eventually the name was shortened to Trevor Page. The business was finally […]

PGPT115

PGPT115 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer There was an unfortunate incident during a hot spell in 2007 when a young bird was so eager to drink that it fell in to the fountain and was drowned. John Gibling, a volunteer, made this leaf shaped lead bird bath for the top of the rockworks […]

PGPT113

PGPT113 Date: July 2007 (?) Source: Photograph by volunteer These ‘bunch of grapes’ bricks are built into the walls shown in PGPT112. They were made, like so many of the ‘fancy’ bricks in the garden, in the the workshops of Gunton Bros of Costessey. This design can also be seen on houses in the Street […]

PGPT112

PGPT112 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer View on to the steps and slopes of the Italian Terrace taken from the East. The terrace does not have a date built in like the ‘medieval’ wall at the other end of the garden, but it seems likely that Henry Trevor built it at an early […]

PGPT111

PGPT111 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Set in the Italian terrace wall are 3 terracotta tiles with shields of arms, 2 small and identical, with a larger one below. Research in the early 1980s (see Ex Fonte no.4 p9) into the heraldry showed that the upper 2 tiles have arms which can be […]

PGPT189

PGPT189 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by John Watson, volunteer In 1980 the remains of this fountain were found on the lawn beside the Plantation house (as in PGPT014) and removed by John Watson for repair. This work has never been completed and to date (2012) what remains is still in store. There is some mystery […]

PGPT023

PGPT023 Date: c.1930 Source: see below This photograph was given to the Trust by Kathleen Barnard, great grand-daughter of Henry Trevor. It was taken by her father, Stanley Trevor, who was one of the two grandsons to whom Henry Trevor left the residue of his estate.

PGPT012

PGPT012 Date: 1928 Source: Boulton & Paul catalogue, no.132 and 133 The rustic bridges shown in these photographs are very similar to the rustic bridge in a 1930s photograph of the rustic bridge in the Plantation Garden (PGPT373). As Henry Trevor obtained his Palm House from Boulton and Paul, it is very probable that he […]

PGPT065

PGPT065 Date: 1928 Source: Boulton & Paul catalogue (Rustic Work and log Cabins), Record office We do not know whether the rustic summerhouse in the Plantation (cf) was made by Boulton & Paul, but this illustration from a later catalogue indicates that they had produced similar elaborate cabins, and as Henry Trevor purchased his Palm […]

PGPT058

PGPT058 Date: 1926 Source: Green family album G.Colman Green, son of George Green, produced an album with photographs, newspaper cuttings and his own sketches to illustrate the life of his father. This sketch, signed and dated. is inscribed ‘entrance to the Plantation, Earlham Road, Norwich’, and a sentence added at the bottom saying ‘My father […]

PGPT011

PGPT011 Date: early 20c. Source: Gunton Bros pamphlet with illustrations of their work This photograph is labelled “Old work recently renewed by Gunton Bros for Lord Stafford”. Examples of the fleur de lys bricks shown on the shaft of the chimney, and the bosses on the base, are found in the Plantation Garden. Lord Stafford […]

PGPT072

PGPT072 Date: 19c Source: Boulton & Paul catalogues, 1898 and others The interest of this drawing of one pattern of cast iron cresting which Boulton & Paul could supply with its conservatories is that this design can be seen clearly along the edge of the Palm House in PGPT001.

PGPT066

PGPT066 Date: 1909 Source: Boulton and Paul 1909 catalogue (copy in Norfolk Record Office) This photograph of the interior of the Palm House, built in 1895, at Carrow House, owned by the Colman family (of Colman’s Mustard fame), gives us the best idea we can have of the interior of the Palm House in the […]

PGPT067

PGPT067 Date: 1897 Source: Auction particulars, as in PGPT001 This shows the Plantation house which Henry Trevor completed in 1856 (date on Chimney) He was granted a 75 year lease of the land (a former quarry) from 1855, at a ground rent of £66 p.a. A condition of the lease was that he was to […]

PGPT051

PGPT051 Date: 1897 Source: Auction sale particulars Spelman & Co, auctioneers, illustrated their particulars with photographs of many of the properties which were being sold by the executors of Henry Trevor. This photograph shows ‘The Beeches’, which HT built in the 1860s between his own dwelling house and the Earlham Rd. The conservatory, garden and thatched […]

PGPT351and PGPT353

   PGPT351 (left) Date: 1850s Source: History of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society (1929) Henry Trevor joined the N & N HS in the 1850s even before he started to create the Plantation garden. The society was founded in 1829, and early objectives seem as much charitable as horticultural. Members wanted ‘to raise the […]

PGPT079

PGPT079 Date: 15th October 1842 Source: The Norwich Mercury newspaper This advertisement was placed in the newspaper by Henry Trevor as he opened his shop in Exchange Street (then called Post-Office Street) which ran from the market square down to the river. The salesmanship is skilful: the wide range of products, their modernity, high quality […]

PGPT094 and PGPT222

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PGPT094 and PGPT222 Date: 2007 Source: Photograph by Cynthia Gibling Richard Horne was the craftsman who built the oak shelter, a practical addition for volunteers who work in the garden or welcome visitors (cf PGPT057).

PGPT091

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PGPT091 Date: 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Ruins in this spot (cf PGPT081) suggested the ‘Gothic’ alcove which the Trust decided to reconstruct in 2007, using original material found in the garden. It is an example of the ‘medievalising’ taste of Henry Trevor, shown also in the walls. For practical reasons it was built lower […]

PGPT221

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PGPT221 Date: 2006? Source: photograph by volunteer Tea in the garden on a suumer Sunday became a very popular reason for a visit in the early 2000s. Many visitors told us that they liked to bring their visitors, and elderly relatives were often mentioned! Children too could be left safely to take exercise on steps […]

PGPT257

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PGPT257 Date: c 2004 Source: Britain in Bloom photographer Twice a year, spring and autumn, volunteers come together on a Sunday morning to plant summer or winter bedding. Marj Wilson, head gardener (2nd from left) plans the schemes, after discussion with a sub-committee, then purchases and organises the arrival of the plants for the day. […]

PGPT175, 176

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PGPT175, 176 Date: 1998 Source: as PGPT174 In PGPT176, lower photo, The PGPT Secretary, Gretchen Mason, and Chairman 1995-2000, Elizabeth Bickerton, have been presented to Prince Charles.

PGPT174

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PGPT174 Date: 1998 Source: photograph in Trust archive Prince Charles came to Norwich on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Norwich Society and visited their exhibition mounted in the Assembly house. The Norwich Society had, as part of their celebrations, contributed very generously to the construction of a replica of the rustic bridge […]

PGPT338

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PGPT338 Date: 1997 Source: detail from PGPT337 By the time of Henry Trevor’s death, he was well known enough for reports of his brief illness and death to be reported at length in the local papers. There was a brief ceremony at the house, then a procession ‘led by the head gardener’ and managers from […]

PGPT337

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PGPT337 Date: 1997 Source: photograph by volunteer The family tomb in Earlham cemetery was built in 1862 when Joseph Gray (see PGPT158) died. His inscription, on the right, tells us that he ‘lived in the faith of Jesus Christ for upwards of fifty years’, a reminder that he was a minister at the Pottergate St […]

PGPT416

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PGPT416 Colin and Elizabeth Bickerton with their daughter, Erica appeared as Mr and Mrs Henry Trevor with their ‘garden boy’ at the Open Day on 19th June 1994. (Elizabeth Bickerton was the Chair of the PGPT from 1993 – 2000)

PGPT053

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PGPT053 Date: 1992 Source: Photograph by volunteer Three young volunteers are shown uncovering one of the many drains alongside the path in the garden. It is notable that neither the flower bed along the edge of the Palm house lawn nor the round bed have yet been restored.

PGPT044

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PGPT044 Date: 1980s Source: Photograph by volunteer in PG archive Chris Watson about to start on the lime washing. A theory was taken up by some of the volunteers which maintained that much terracotta in the 19c had been limewashed to imitate stone. This theory was acted on in the area at the bottom of […]

PGPT207

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PGPT207 Date: 1980s Source: as PGPT206 Another photograph of the same event as PGPT206.

PGPT206

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PGPT206 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press From early days the committee aimed at providing enjoyment and social occasions for volunteers and their families. John Watson (see PGPT192) loved to dress up in his top hat and frock coat, so fancy dress was often the order of the day! Bryony […]

PGPT192

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PGPT192 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer John Watson, shown here at work on the fountain, became an active member of the PGPT from its early days. He was Chairman 1983-1993 and was made Honorary President in 2003. Bruce Adam (Chairman 2000- 2007) wrote about John in Ex Fonte no.23 2003 and Allan Sewell wrote […]

PGPT085

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PGPT085 Date: Early 1980s Source: Photgraph by Allan Sewell, a volunteer The photograph shows Bryony Nierop-Reading, who organised the first meeting, in Norwich City Library, of people who would be interested in starting the restoration of the Plantation garden. She had been alerted to the existence of the garden by a midwife who attended the […]

PGPT161

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PGPT161 Kathleen Barnard 1910 – 2011 Great granddaughter of Henry Trevor, Kathleen Barnard (nee Trevor) died peacefully in February at the age of 100. Many members will remember her from her various visits to the Plantation Garden from her home in Cheshire. Kathleen may well have inherited her longevity gene from her great-grandmother Mary Trevor, wife […]

PGPT163

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PGPT163 Date: September 28,1983 Source: Eastern Daily Press The EDP article was written to give the news that Trevor Page, the Norwich firm of furnishers, opened by Henry Trevor in 1843 (see PGPT079) was closing after 140 years in business. In the picture, Mr A.G.Hodges, chairman, is displaying a bust he had had made to […]

PGPT142

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PGPT142 Date: 1956 Source: as PGPT137 As in PGPT141, these midwives also have chosen the Doulton fountain on the upper lawn as the background of their photograph. Cardigans and different plants in the fountain basin indicate a different time of year!

PGPT137

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PGPT137 Date: 1956 Source: Photograph donated by Mrs High, trainee midwife George Green’s death in 1929 marked the end of the use of the Plantation as a private house. In the following decades it was used first as a private clinic, and then as a hostel for midwives in training. Fortunately some of them took […]

PGPT140

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PGPT140 Date: 1956 Source: as PGPT137 This time the group of midwives has chosen the wall at the northern end of the lower lawn as a background for their photograph (cf PGPT060). The pedestal on the left clearly lacks an urn which should stand on top. The plaque is one of several of the same […]

PGPT141

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PGPT141 Date: 1947-50 Source: as PGPT138 Another of the photographs taken by midwives staying at the Plantation. The background chosen here is the Doulton fountain then situated on the lawn beside the house (see PGPT014)

PGPT139

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PGPT139 Date: 1947-50 Source: as PGPT138 Here the style of numbers on the original date stone can be seen clearly (see PGPT136)

PGPT138

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PGPT138 Date: 1947-50 Source: Photograph donated by Mrs Dalziel Mrs Dalziel was also a trainee midwife and she donated photographs of herself and her contemporaries after she visited the garden in September 1990 from her home in the Wirral.

PGPT014

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PGPT014 Date: 1940s/50s Source: unknown This photograph was taken on the lawn to the south of the Plantation house. It shows a gardener standing beside a fountain, parts of which were discovered here in 1980 and removed into the protection of the brick shed in the Plantation garden (PGPT284). This ceramic fountain was made by […]

PGPT150

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PGPT150 Date: 1947-50 Source: as in PGPT138 The midwives are seen here in front of Plantation house, in their uniforms, setting off for work on their bicycles, their accustomed method of transport.

PGPT149

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PGPT149 Date: 1940 Source: photograph from Harvey family This photograph, showing a young couple resting after a game of tennis, was donated with quite a story. Edward Harvey’s sister was on the midwifery staff at Plantation house and so when he came home on leave from the army in 1940 he was allowed to play […]

PGPT046 and PGPT047

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PGPT046 Date 1940s Source Photograph given to PG archive by someone who had lived in the Plantation house during her training as a midwife PGPT 047 Date 1936 Source Photograph of Germaine and Nina, given to PG archive by Mrs Trick nee Drake (the child in the photograph) The side elevation of ‘The Beeches’ with […]

PGPT146

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PGPT146 Date: 1930s Source: Photograph donated by a nurse The background chosen here was the front of the Plantation house. The nurse looks very similar to the one in PGPT145. Was this a record of a patient being collected after a successful stay in the maternity home?

PGPT145

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PGPT145 Date: 1930s Source: as PGPT143 As in PGPT143, a smartly uniformed nurse is showing off her charges – in a rather risky conveyance! The Roman Catholic cathedral can be seen in the background of this photograph taken on the lawn beside the house. Mr Walwyn identified himself as one of the babies in the […]

PGPT144

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PGPT144 Date: 1930s Source: as PGPT143 Presumably a mother with the baby she has borne in the Plantation clinic. In the background are visible an urn shaped like a shell (still there) and the balustrade (now restored, see PGPT040/1/2). Photographs dating to 1947 and 1956 (in the archive but not included here) show the same […]

PGPT143

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PGPT143 Date: 1930s Source: Photograph donated in 1997 by Mr T.C.L. Walwyn In the 1930s the Plantation was home to a maternity clinic/nursing home where private doctors performed operations and delivered babies. During this time the room to the right of the front door was converted into an operating theatre see PGPT….).Here a group of […]

PGPT087

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PGPT087 Date: 1919/20 Source: Photograph in PGPT archive copied from Green family album When George Green became Lord Mayor in 1919 he wanted to live in an establishment suitable for that office. He settled upon the Plantation, and lived there until his death in 1929. This photograph shows him and Mrs Green setting out in […]

PGPT063

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PGPT063 Date: 1919/20 Source: Detail from photograph in Green family album In the family album, George Colman Green, son of George Green, has written ‘The North Elmham Naval Boys at the Plantation, 1919-20’. On the same page is a photograph of the boys in their sailor hats with the Lady Mayoress (Mrs Green). She can […]

PGPT062

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PGPT062 Date: 1920s Source: Photograph in PGPT archives from Green Family Mr and Mrs Green are shown posing in the garden (cf PGPT 059) on the steps between the remains of the propagating house (Guide book p.33) on the left and the ‘Window’ (cf PGPT 061) on the right. Cf PGPT096 for the appearance of […]

PGPT004

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PGPT004 Date: 1920s Source: photograph in PGPT archive Group photograph of Baptist ladies who were organising a fête in the garden. This was during the period when George Green (see PGPT059) lived in the Plantation. He was a strong supporter of St. Mary’s Baptist Church. This photograph was produced (at a talk given in June […]

PGPT061

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PGPT061 Date 1919/20 Source Photograph in PGPT archive Another photograph (cf PGPT060) recording an occasion when George Green welcomed a group of visitors into the garden. Perhaps these were ministers attending a Baptist conference. George Green is wearing the mayoral chain of office. The group is posing in front of the ‘Window’ built by Henry […]

PGPT060

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PGPT060 Date 1920s Source Photograph in PGPT archive As mentioned in PGPT059 George Green used the garden for various events. On this occasion he seems to be entertaining the staff of his shops in Norwich and Yarmouth. Everyone is wearing a hat except Mr and Mrs Green! The wall in the background is the ‘medieval’ […]

PGPT059

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PGPT059 Date 1920s Source Photograph in PGPT archive George Green held the lease of the Plantatation from 1919, when he became Mayor, until his death in 1928. He and Mrs Green played a prominent part in various aspects of Norwich public life, and used the garden as a background for many occasions as can be […]

PGPT364

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PGPT364 Date: 1915 Source: family photograph of the Bullard family, donated by Mrs Rintoul nee Bullard, of Edinburgh Molly Bullard spent her childhood at The Grove, Heigham Grove, and her memories of the house and garden were still vivid when she described them in the 1990s. This house and garden inevitably influenced Henry Trevor’s ideas […]

PGPT034

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PGPT034 Date 1st quarter 20c Source of original unknown. This image is a postcard (cf PGPT 032) The gardener’s cottage in The Plantation is described in the 1897 auction particulars*. In the 1860 census one George Woodhouse* and his family were living in the cottage, and he was still Henry Trevor’s head gardener in 1897 […]

PGPT171

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PGPT171 Date: c 1910-20(?) Source: Page family album Mr and Mrs J.J.G.Page (see PGPT168) in the garden of their home, The Elms, Heigham Grove. Their garden stretched through to Chester Place, which lies beyond the tall hedge behind them. An article in the EDP at the time of his funeral describes how ‘he ever took […]

Richard Bowers

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Date: c1925 Source: family photograph donated by Bridget Elliott Richard Bowers was appointed, aged 16, to a job at Trevor Page (cfPGPT133) by Henry Trevor himself. As he told his family, he was asked at the interview to do an arithmetic test. After a while, Henry Trevor asked him why he was not writing. When […]

PGPT170

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PGPT170 Date: 1914-1919 Source: Page family album During WW1 Trevor Page & Co produced propellers for aircraft made in Norwich. This photograph shows the workers of Trevor Page & Co, men, women and boys, posing with 2 propellers in the workshop. J.J.G. Page (see PGPT168) is sitting in the middle wearing a bowler hat. 61 […]

PGPT348 and PGPT349

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PGPT348 and PGPT349 Date: 1911 Source: photographs c2003 by Sarah Cocke In the first decade of the 20c there were 2 royal visits to Norwich: King Edward VII came in 1909, King George V in 1911. In the newspaper reports of each of these visits mention is made of the furniture, shown here, especially made […]

PGPT010

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PGPT010 Date:1897 Source: as PGPT008/9. The photograph shows The Elms, Heigham Grove. In 1897 and for many years before, Henry Trevor’s stepson, John Joseph Gray Page (PGPT168) lived in this house with his large family.

PGPT168

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PGPT168 Date: c1920 (?) Source: the Page family album John Joseph Gray Page (1836-1929) was born in Gentleman’s Walk to Wm and Mary (nee Gray) Page (see PGPT159). His middle names displayed that he was the eldest grandson of Joseph Gray (see PGPT158). He became the stepson of Henry Trevor (see PGPT106) but kept his […]

PGPT167

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PGPT167 Date: August 31st, 1898 Source: donated by Kath Barnard (seePGPT161) Stanley Scott Trevor, shown here aged 13, was one of the 2 surviving grandsons of Henry Trevor, who benefited by their inheritance under his will. His mother was Eliza Trevor (see PGPT162). He became a farmer and cheesemaker, but after being badly wounded in […]

PGPT266

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PGPT266 Date: 1890s Source: Kath Barnard, great-granddaughter of Henry Trevor These two boys, Hugh (b.1882) and Stanley (b.1885) were the two surviving grandsons of Henry Trevor and inherited the residue of his estate. Their parents were Eliza (PGPT162) and John (PGPT265) Trevor. Hugh emigrated to New Zealand and his descendants have occasionally visited the garden, […]

PGPT265

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PGPT265 Date: 1897 Source: ‘My Quest for God’ by John Trevor, published 1897 by the “Labour Prophet” office, London. John Trevor (1855 – 1930) was the son of Henry Trevor’s brother Frederic Francis (cf PGPT106), who died in 1860 when John was only six. John was therefore brought up in Wisbech by his grandparents who […]

PGPT164

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PGPT164 Date: 19c. Source: ‘My Quest for God’ by John Trevor, facing p.1 John Trevor (1787-1864) was the father of Henry Trevor. He lived in Wisbech, and was a ‘retired Lincolnshire farmer – a fine old Puritan, who shaved on Saturday night to avoid needless labour on the Sabbath.’ His grandson goes on to say […]

PGPT007

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PGPT007 Date:1886 Source: original photograph in PGPT archive re-photographed by Sarah Cocke in 1998. This detail is taken from a family photograph (PGPT415) posed in front of the rustic summerhouse. It shows John Joseph Gray Page, Henry Trevor’s stepson and business partner (see PGPT295 for a watercolour of John as a charming toddler!) One of […]

PGPT162

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PGPT162 Date: 1880/1 Source:’My Quest for God’ by John Trevor, frontispiece Eliza Trevor (1843-1894) was the only surviving daughter of Henry and Mary Trevor. She was married in 1881 to her cousin, John Trevor, who was 11 years her junior. Henry may not have been enthusiastic about this match. John had stayed for periods in […]

PGPT165 and 166

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    PGPT165 and 166 Date: 10th May 1842 Source: donated by Marion Trevor Cole, descendant The lady is Elizabeth Gardiner, nee Trevor, sister of Henry Trevor, daughter of John Trevor (see PGPT164). The back of the photograph shows that it was taken in Wisbech, so she clearly stayed near her family home. She is […]

PGPT295

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PGPT295 Date: 1838 Source: copy of an original watercolour owned by Bettine Page This watercolour bears the information that its subject, John Joseph Gray Page, was 2 years 3 months, and the painter was Mrs Turnbull. John wears a skirt, as was usual for little boys in the early 19c, and is brandishing a whip […]

PGPT159

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PGPT159 Date: 1830s Source: oil portrait owned by descendants of Joseph Gray Joseph Gray (see PGPT158) was able to afford to have this portrait painted of his 3 daughters (left to right) Mary, Eliza and Sarah. Sarah married but was childless, for Eliza see PGPT157, and Mary(1815-1902) married twice. In 1834 her first marriage was […]

PGPT158

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PGPT158 Date: 1833 Source: as PGPT157 Joseph Gray (1787-1862) was 46 years old when C.S.Bailly made this pencil drawing. He was a successful cabinet maker, trading under the name of Hunter & Gray in Lobster Lane, Norwich. Evidence of his prosperity is his purchase around 1830 of a large house and garden, The Grove, at […]

PGPT157

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PGPT157 Date:1833 Source: Gray family portrait, photograph taken by permission of Jill Prestt. The picture by C.S. Bailly, is of Eliza Gray, youngest daughter of Joseph Gray (see PGPT158). She also appears, with her 2 sisters, in PGPT159. Eliza was born in 1823 and married her cousin, James Dawbarn, in 1845. They had 6 children. […]

PGPT160

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PGPT160 Date: 1612 Source: Norfolk Civic Portrait collection, no. 71. In 2013, this portrait hangs in the Bridewell Museum. ‘Norfolk Museums Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery) For the connection of Sir John Pettus with the Plantation garden, see PGPT160. In this portrait of him, aged 62, his mayoral chain is proudly displayed. He […]

PGPT106

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PGPT106 Date: probably 1850-60 Source: The Trevor family This photograph is probably of Henry Trevor. The inscription on the back of the original, in the Trevor family’s collection of photographs, reads ‘Great-grandfather Trevor’. Unfortunately, because of a marriage of cousins, there were 2 great-grandfather Trevors – Henry and his brother Frederick. As Henry was the […]

PGPT442

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PGPT442 Date: July 2012 Source: Merged photograph from 2 by volunteers Graham and Cynthia The Tuesday Team Our Tuesday gardening and maintenance volunteers.

PGPT421

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PGPT421 Date: May 2010 Volunteer Graham

PGPT413

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PGPT413 Date: October 2010 Volunteer Jonathan

PGPT410

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PGPT410 Date: 2010 Volunteer Barry

PGPT238

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PGPT238 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by Dubravka Yarwood John Scotting has been a long term member of the Tuesday group of volunteers. His speciality has been pruning, and the very many old shrubs in the garden give him plenty of scope.

PGPT216

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PGPT216 Date: July 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer This picture shows a group of volunteers who work on Tuesday mornings on all the gardening jobs needed to keep the Plantation looking attractive for visitors. Left – right they are Cynthia (who set up and runs the web site), Marj (Head Gardener), Janet, Dubravka and Jill. […]

PGPT124

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PGPT124 Date: September 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Volunteers here make use of the newly finished shelter to take their mid-morning break. The ‘Tuesday Group’ was so named because they meet regularly on Tuesday mornings to do gardening, repairs and construction work. Their efforts over the years have made a great contribution to the garden.

PGPT270

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PGPT270 Date: 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer Nancy with visitors on the day of the fete.

PGPT269, PGPT271, PGPT272

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     PGPT269, PGPT271, PGPT272 Date: 2004 Source: photographs by volunteers Margaret, Nancy and Sue all did stalwart work as volunteers, organising and serving teas on summer Sundays.Nancy was a committee member for many years also. Many hands have always been required, not only to serve teas, but to make the 200 or more cakes needed […]

PGPT083

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PGPT083 Date May 2006 Source Photograph by volunteer Dubravka, Janet and Jill. A typical sight of volunteers at work on a regular Tuesday morning. Of interest is the tree fern, donated by a visitor to the garden. It was decided to accept the gift, although there is no evidence that tree ferns were planted in […]

PGPT283

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PGPT283 Date: July 2005 Source: photograph by volunteer Two committee members are leading ‘Britain in Bloom’ visitors across the rustic bridge.

PGPT097

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PGPT097 Date 2004 Source Photgraph by volunteer ‘Britain in Bloom’ is a competition organised between various parts of Britain. This photograph was taken when the judges visited The Plantation in 2004 as part of the Norwich entry for the competition. The very attractive planting in the beds originally within the Palm House can be seen […]

PGPT101

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PGPT101 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Kitty Plaskitt was one of the original volunteers who regularly worked in the garden from 1980 until she died in 2013.

PGPT107

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PGPT107 Date: early 21c Source: Photograph by volunteer These 2 volunteers were responsible for many construction projects around the garden e.g. Douglas Stewart, who is wearing a green PG volunteer shirt, made steps, maintained the fountain and looked after the fish as well as organising the appeal to raise money for the reconstruction of the […]

PGPT225

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PGPT225 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by Cynthia Gibling Marj Wilson was involved as a volunteer in the Plantation from its early days. Later she did more and more organising of planning and planting and became Head gardener. She designed schemes for the rockworks, the beds on and around the Palm house lawn, in the entrance […]

PGPT218

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PGPT218 Date: 2007 Source: photograph by Dubravka Yarwood Nick Belfield-Smith became Chairman in 2007 after working for many years at a wide variety of tasks in the garden – planting, making compost, building bonfires, putting up gazebos, persuading Floranova to sponsor plants and many more.

PGPT127

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PGPT127 Date: August 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Several beds in the garden, including 3 on the lower lawn, are planted twice each year with bedding plants in a modified version of Henry Trevor’s original ‘carpet bedding’. In 2007 this central ‘wheel bed’ had a central plant of , with spokes formed by ophiopogon and […]

PGPT292

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PGPT292 Date: 1960s Source: O.S. map with later additions The outlines of earlier gardens (see PGPT291) make it clear how many houses were built in the 20c on the former large gardens of the 19c.

PGPT343 and 344

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     PGPT343 and 344 Date: 1995 Source: Diagrams for volunteer guides PGPT343 is a copy of the 1883 O.S. map on which has been marked ,in green, the numerous beds which would have needed planting with perennials or summer bedding in Henry Trevor’s time. PGPT344 (duplicate of PGPT098) indicates the various circular routes which Henry […]

PGPT108

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PGPT108 Date: 1990s Source: Publicity leaflet In the late 1990s it was decided that a leaflet would be useful to distribute to hotels, the station, tourist offices around the county etc. It proved very popular. This map was based, by permission, on Geographers’ A-Z and O.S.

PGPT098

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PGPT098 Date 1990s Source Plan prepared to illustrate guided walks. The ultimate source for this plan was the O.S 1883/4 map (PGPT082) That map was used by the auctioneers, Spelmans, when they advertised the sale of Henry Trevor’s properties in 1897. On their map the names of the owners of the adjacent properties on the […]

PGPT346

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PGPT346 Date: December 9, 1939 Source: Eastern Daily Press This plan of tunnels underneath Earlham Rd and St John’s Catholic cathedral is said to date back to 1824. At that time workmen digging a well suddenly found ‘a cavern’ 35 feet below the surface. Exploration revealed a series of tunnels, which were opened to the […]

PGPT073 and 074

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PGPT073 and 074 Date:  1908 with annotations of 1919,1934 and 1950 Source:  Plan in PGPT archive This plan of the Plantation, Earlham Rd, was made by the City of Norwich Waterworks Co for P. Evershed Esq. The title also says ‘for the YMCA St Giles St’. The reason for that has not yet been explained. […]

PGPT082

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PGPT082 Date 1883/4 Source O.S. map This map has been invaluable as an aid to the restoration of the garden. It has proved so accurate that when the flowerbeds in the main lawn, which had been grassed over in the early 20c, were being restored, measurements taken from this map were found to tally exactly […]

PGPT363

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PGPT363 Date:1924 Source: Sale Particulars of the sale of Heigham Grove House in 1924 The northern part of the large gardens, described in the particulars as ‘Plantations with winding walks’, is the only area which still exists as open space; all the rest has been built over by blocks of flats. The tower (see PGPT362) […]

PGPT055

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PGPT055 Date 1897 Source See PGPT054 This is the southern section of the map shown in PGPT054. Notable features include the fountain (top right), the glass propagating house (crosshatched), steps, paths and flowerbeds. The number ‘1’ is the lot number of this property at the auction and the names on the right hand side are […]

PGPT054

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PGPT054 Date 1897 Source This map was used in the auction particulars when Henry Trevor’s estate was sold in 1897. It was based on the O.S. map of 1883/4 This is the northern section of the 1883/4 map. The entrance to the garden lies further North, leading off the Earlham Rd.Henry Trevor’s residence, The Plantation […]

PGPT291

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PGPT291 Date: 1883 with later additions Source: ‘The Plantation Garden’ by Sheila Adam, UEA dissertation, 1996 The 1883 O.S map has been used as a basis, with coloured outlines added to emphasise the comparative size of neighbouring gardens. Thus the Plantation itself is outlined in green, and an area to the south which Henry Trevor […]

PGPT342

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PGPT342 Date: 1873 Source: as PGPT341 This is a copy of the map compiled by A.W.Morant, City of Norwich Surveyor. The red outline illustrates the area of the Heigham Estate bought from the Steward family by Henry Trevor in 1877, used for a time as garden land, then sold for building plots in Clarendon Rd […]

PGPT341

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PGPT341 Date: 1842 Source: ‘The Plantation Garden’ by Sheila Adam, UEA dissertation 1996 This copy of the tithe map (1842) illustrates the fact that Joseph Gray, Henry Trevor’s father-in-law, owned considerable property in the area of Heigham Grove and Chester Place. At this time there were 2 buildings on the site of the Plantation, and […]

PGPT296

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PGPT296 Date: 1830 Source: plan of the city of Norwich surveyed by Millard and Manning The prison features prominently on this 1830 plan. It had only been completed in 1826 (cf PGPT229) and so Henry Trevor could have had little hope in 1856 when he built his house that it would ever be removed from […]

PGPT227

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PGPT227 Date: October 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer There is a date plaque set into this wall with the date 1871, so we know that Henry Trevor built it 15 years after he completed his house.It was part of his scheme for adding a Palm house to his garden (see PGPT125). The house is plain […]

PGPT243

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PGPT243 Date: August 2008 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson A view looking North in which can be seen the summer bedding …….., the fountain, the glazed shed and the rustic bridge.

PGPT209

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PGPT209 Date: 2007 Source: photograph in PGPT archive In 2007 a female artist brought this painting in to the garden with the suggestion that prints should be made and sold for the benefit of the PGPT and the artist herself. The project was not pursued.

PGPT130

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PGPT130 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer This photograph shows the path along the lower level of the eastern slope (see PGPT109). Like PGPT129, it shows damage done by foxes – the sandy soil on the path has been scattered by foxes digging their lair in the slope above. Of interest also is this […]

PGPT112

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PGPT112 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer View on to the steps and slopes of the Italian Terrace taken from the East. The terrace does not have a date built in like the ‘medieval’ wall at the other end of the garden, but it seems likely that Henry Trevor built it at an early […]

PGPT110

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PGPT110 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer This view to the Italian terrace shows the collapse of the wall on the right hand (East) side of the lawn. PGPT092 shows reconstruction under way.

PGPT226

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PGPT226 Date: c.2006 Source: photograph by volunteer The lower lawn in full summer bloom. Visible are Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Heuchera. In the distance the summerhouse can be seen at the top of the italian terrace.

PGPT080

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PGPT080 Date 21st July 2005 Source Photograph by Pat Turner The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust (PGPT) was formed in1980 with the purpose of restoring the garden, then in a ruinous state, to its appearance in 1897. The planting scheme shown here was part of the celebration, as was an exhibition at the Assembly House, a […]

PGPT304 and PGPT312

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PGPT304 and PGPT312 Date: 1998 Source: photograph by volunteer In 1998 the Norwich Society was celebrating its 75th anniversary and invited suggestions for projects to commemorate the occasion. Fortunately for the PGPT, the restoration of a bridge had been one of the Society’s original projects, and so it was agreed that it would bear half […]

PGPT301 and 303

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PGPT301 and 303 Date: 1998 Source: photograph by volunteer PGPT303 was one of the early photographs taken from the restored rustic bridge (see PGPT304). It was very pleasing to be able to reproduce a view which had been shown in the 1897 photograph (PGPT001) but which had not been available since the bridge collapsed in […]

PGPT053

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PGPT053 Date 1992 Source Photograph by volunteer 3 young volunteers are shown uncovering one of the many drains alongside the path in the garden. It is notable that neither the flower bed along the edge of the Palm house lawn nor the round bed have yet been restored.

PGPT148

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PGPT148 Date: 1990-2000 Source: as PGPT147 This postcard shows one general view of the garden and 3 details – the angel on the ‘window’ (see PGPT096), the ‘fancy’ details of thefountain and the dog’s head on the ‘medieval’ wall. The background here has been constructed with pebble flints – elsewhere variety is provided by using […]

PGPT147

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PGPT147 Date: 1990s (?) Source: Postcard sold by PGPT One of the ways the Trust tried to raise money was by printing and selling postcards. Their first publications in the1980s were of old sepia photographs: this example comes from the second batch, when improvements could be illustrated. Thus the fountain has been cleared, repaired and […]

PGPT320

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PGPT320 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by Sarah Cocke Comparison with PGPT319 reveals what lay beneath the thick covering of ivy. Although inevitably some repairs to the facade were needed, the most obvious reconstruction was of sections of the balustrade. In the 1897 auction particulars this area of the garden is described as ‘The Italian Garden’, […]

PGPT328

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PGPT328 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by Allan Sewell This view looking North from the Italian balustrades toward the house complements PGPT319. In the foreground is part of the ivy mountain covering steps and balustrades, the lawns and paths have disappeared under a covering of saplings, tall grass and brambles.

PGPT052

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PGPT052 Date 1940? Source Unknown This aerial view looks North, and shows the Cathedral of St John the Baptist top right, and Chester Place (which Henry Trevor built) bottom left.

PGPT050

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PGPT050 Date Source Aerial view

PGPT045

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PGPT045 Date: 1960 Aerial view some time during the sixties. The Palm House area and half the lawn has already been abandoned and the fountain basin is empty.

PGPT033

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PGPT033 Date suggested 1920s. Source of original unknown. The date on the back of this postcard (cf PGPT032) was probably based on the size of the trees along the West wall. Interesting features are the rustic fence in the lower left hand corner, the steps on the West bank, the urns on the pedestals around […]

PGPT032

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PGPT032 Date of original unknown. 1915 has been suggested. In the 1980s several postcards were produced for sale to visitors to the garden. They were printed in sepia to give a ‘period’ effect. PGPT 006 shows the photograph from which this abbreviated postcard version was taken. PGPT 033 and 034 are from the same series […]

PGPT029

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PGPT029 Date:1890s Source: negative donated by J.F.C. Mills This negative is one of a pair donated by Mr Mills. The other (PGPT015) sets the date for the pair. From this angle the glasshouse beside the fountain can be seen more clearly than in other photographs, and the complicated pattern of flower beds on the upper […]

PGPT023

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PGPT023 Date:c.1930 Source: see below This photograph was given to the Trust by Kathleen Barnard, great grand-daughter of Henry Trevor. It was taken by her father, Stanley Trevor, who was one of the two grandsons to whom Henry Trevor left the residue of his estate.

PGPT069, 070, 071

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   PGPT069, 070, 071 Date 1920s Source Green family album These are duplicates of PGPT022

PGT022

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PGT022 Date:1920s Source: Green family album Rather poor copies of rather poor photographs from the family album of the Greens. George Green held the lease of the Plantation throughout the 1920s, and here members of his family are playing tennis on the lawn and 2 young children are peeping through the balustrades at the top […]

PGPT017

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PGPT017 Date: unknown Source: Green family album This view has been taken from the rustic bridge, looking South (cf PGPT001) It appears to be a companion photograph to PGPT006. It is notable that the lawn and main path have been grassed over: the trangles of ivy on the terrace walls (cf 001) have been replaced […]

PGPT016

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PGPT016 Date:1927 Source: Brian Page, grandson of J.J.G.Page produced this view, looking North from the terrace, with his box camera (cf PGPT005) Steps can be seen (before the fountain) leading up to the ‘window folly’ ( ), the rustic bridge is just visible beyond the fountain, and the central lawn has become a tennis court […]

PGPT015

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PGPT015 Date:1890s Source: negative donated by J.F.C.Mills The photograph was taken from the lawn of the Plantation house, looking across the top of the Palm house to St John’s Catholic cathedral. The cathedral is only partly built, and this is how the photograph can be dated to the 1890s. N.b. the globe lights beside the […]

PGPT013

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PGPT013 Date:1940s (?) Source: not known The main lawn became a tennis court during the early 20c., and that involved grassing over the flower beds and the main path. This view looks toward the North (cf.PGPT002). The very overgrown state of the planting indicates a date in the 1940s, as do the short skirts of […]

PGPT153

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PGPT153 Date: 1930s Source: as PGPT151/4 PGPT152 gave the view of the garden looking South, here we have the view looking North. The label was ‘House from grounds showing tennis court.’ The contrast between the untidiness of the bed on the West of the lawn (left) and its neat appearance in PGPT019, 021 is striking.

PGPT152

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PGPT152 Date: 1930s Source: as PGPT151/4 This photograph (label ‘View of Garden’) must have been taken from the rustic bridge, looking South. The Palm House has been demolished and replaced by a rose garden(?). In the foreground a framework can just be seen beneath climbing plants: was this the remains of the glazed structure (entrance […]

PGPT006

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PGPT006 Date: 1920s Source: Green family album This is a companion photograph to PGPT017. It is notable that the Palm House has been demolished, and probably a rose garden has replaced it. The ivy on the supporting wall is overgrown (cf PGPT001) as is the bank in front of it. There are at least 3 […]

PGPT005

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PGPT005 Date:c.1927 Source:family album of the Page family (cf PGPT016) This photograph was taken by Brian Page, grandson of the John Joseph Gray Page who was the eldest stepson of Henry Trevor. Bettine Page produced it for the PGPT. This view was taken from the rustic bridge and can be compared with 001. By this […]

PGPT063 and 230

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PGPT063 and 230 Date 1919/20 Source Detail from photograph in Green family album In the family album. George Colman Green, son of George Green, has written ‘The North Elmham Naval Boys at the Plantation, 1919-20’ On the same page is a photograph of the boys in their sailor hats with the Lady Mayoress (Mrs Green). […]

PGPT318

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PGPT318 Date: 1897 Source: enlargement by Sarah Cocke from PGPT002 This enlargement was made to show details of the Palm house made by Boulton and Paul (see pages from their catalogue PGPT075, 078). Points of interest are the glazed entrance to the boiler house on the right, copied in 2000 to make a shed (PGPT097), […]

PGPT019 and PGPT030

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PGPT019 and PGPT030 Date:1890s Source: photograph taken by John Gavin. PGPT003 shows an enlarged detail of this photograph. It was taken from the Italian terrace looking North, from a point slightly lower than in PGPT002. The plantings are so similar in these 2 photographs that it is tempting to think they come from the same […]

PGPT002

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PGPT002 Date:1897 Source: as in PGPT001 This view was taken looking North from the top of the Italian terrace (). The Plantation house() can be seen near the horizon on the left, and the Palm House and Winter Garden () are visible at the far end of the garden. The way the ivy has been […]

PGPT056

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PGPT056 Date 1897 Source Detail of PGPT001 This enlargement shows clearly the propagating house (described in the auction particulars as ‘span-roof…..24ft by 10ft), with the row of finials along the top, an open door and plants standing on the shelf inside. There is also a cold frame behind. On the pedestals around the fountain urns […]

PGPT001

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PGPT001 Date:1897 Source: Spelman (auctioneers) included this photograph in their particulars of sale of the lease of the Plantation house and garden. The sale was held after Henry Trevor’s death in May 1897. This view was taken looking South from the rustic bridge (254, 281,283,304,373?,374,402). It shows clearly the overall ‘bowl’ shape of the garden, […]

PGPT229

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PGPT229 Date: 1827 Source: drawing in magazine probably by gaol architect Richard Brown A new City Gaol to replace the old one on Gaol Hill (site to the North of the Guildhall) was planned from 1822. It was surrounded by dispute from the start – about its site, design, architect, builder, building materials etc (see […]

PGPT391

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PGPT391 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by Patrick Halpin The first ‘History and Guide’, by Sheila Adam, with photographs by Sarah Cocke, was published in 1998. Ten years later, when the restoration had advanced considerably, it was time for a 2nd edition, and Patrick Halpin volunteered to take the additional photographs that were needed. This is […]

PGPT298

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PGPT298

PGPT275

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PGPT275 Date: 2009 Source: Photo by Alex Wilson

PGPT136

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PGPT136 Date: 10th July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer The date stone, carved with the date 1857, can be seen clearly set into the pedestal facing us in this photograph. It was removed and lost in the 1960s/70s and restored in …….using the evidence seen in PGPT137, 139. (The date of the restoration is also […]

PGPT119

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PGPT119 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer The purpose of the net placed over the fountain each autumn is twofold: to stop leaves falling into the water to the detriment of the fish, and to prevent a repetition of the occasion when a heron ate all the fish! In 2007 an old torn net […]

PGPT104

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   PGPT104 Date: 2001-2004 Source: Photograph by volunteer This photograph of the fountain shows how its plan ressembles an irregular triangle. The dog/lion faces repeated around the frieze are probably from Gunton Bros stock of fancy bricks, and perhaps the brick with the man’s face is from the same source. Visitors like to think this […]

PGPT099

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PGPT099 Date: 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer In the 1990s and early 21c a summer fete was held in July every year to raise funds for the PGPT. Bunting and flags were used around the garden as decoration. Hanging the flags on the fountain was one of the more hazardous tasks!

PGPT287

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PGPT287

PGPT080

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PGPT080 Date 21st July 2005 Source Volunteer photograph The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust (PGPT) was formed in1980 with the purpose of restoring the garden, then in a ruinous state, to its appearance in 1897. The planting scheme shown here was part of the celebration, as was an exhibition at the Assembly House, a fete, a […]

PGPT301 and 303

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PGPT301 and 303 Date: 1998 Source: photograph by volunteer PGPT303 was one of the early photographs taken from the restored rustic bridge (see PGPT304). It was very pleasing to be able to reproduce a view which had been shown in the 1897 photograph (PGPT001) but which had not been available since the bridge collapsed in […]

PGPT147

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PGPT147 Date: 1990s (?) Source: Postcard sold by PGPT One of the ways the Trust tried to raise money was by printing and selling postcards. Their first publications in the1980s were of old sepia photographs: this example comes from the second batch, when improvements could be illustrated. Thus the fountain has been cleared, repaired and […]

PGPT299

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PGPT299

PGPT186 and PGPT367

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PGPT186 and PGPT367 Date: 1992 Source: photograph by volunteer The plaque showing the date of construction of the fountain had disappeared by 1980 when restoration began. There were, however, several photographs which showed the original (seePGPT137,139,188) and so it was possible to have a reproduction made with the date 1857 (1 year after the Plantation […]

PGPT185

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PGPT185 Date: 1990 Source: photograph by Allan Sewell, volunteer This photograph of the top of the fountain seems to be one of a series marking the progress of work on the fountain. An article in Ex Fonte no.12 1991 p9 describes the repairs made to the top and installation of a pump.

PGPT187

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PGPT187 Date: 1990 Source: photograph by volunteer Like PGPT183, this photograph appeared on the back cover of Ex Fonte no.12 1991 and probably shows one of the jollities of an Open Day.

PGPT183

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PGPT183 Date: 1990 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph appeared on the back cover of Ex Fonte no.12 1991, and was taken during an open Day in September 1990. At that time the garden was not open to the public on a daily basis; visits had to be on a Sunday, on an Open Day […]

PGPT199

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PGPT199 Date: c1990 Source: photograph by volunteer, probably Allan Sewell The first restoration of the fountain has brought it back to life. It is now ready for the invasion of frogs which congregate every March creating a frog carpet around the surrounding paths and making sure of the next generation.

PGPT200

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PGPT200 Date: 1980s(?) Source: photograph by volunteer This appears to show preparations for an event such as the one shown on the back cover of Ex Fonte no.5 1984 or no.9 1988 when a party was held with members dressed in Victorian costume.

PGPT203

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PGPT203 Date: 1984 Source: photograph by courtesy of Eastern Daily Press Much work has been carried out in the 4 years since the Trust was set up (see PGPT 201/2) but the basin has not yet been lined. John Watson (see PGPT192) is the central of the 3 figures and had probably invited the newspaper […]

PGPT192

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PGPT192 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer John Watson, shown here at work on the fountain, became an active member of the PGPT from its early days. He was Chairman 1983-1993 and was made Honorary President in 2003. Bruce Adam (Chairman 2000- 2007) wrote about John in Ex Fonte no.23 2003 and Allan Sewell wrote […]

PGPT191

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PGPT191 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The brick construction of the fountain basin (see PGPT182,4) is being relined before filling with water.

PGPT184

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PGPT184 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer Work on restoring the fountain continued throughout the 1980s. As in PGPT182, the brickwork of the basin is exposed and it has not yet been lined.

PGPT182

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PGPT182 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The sycamores, ivies etc have been removed, the brickwork in the basin looks trim, and the contrast with PGPT181 shows how much work has been done.

PGPT190

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PGPT190 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer In the 1980s there was continual work on restoring the fountain which had already become the iconic symbol of the PGPT (see PGPT181/2,184). There are reports in Ex Fonte throughout the 1980s of the progress of the work.

PGPT193,194,195,196,197,198

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       PGPT193,194,195,196,197,198 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer (probably John Watson) These photographs, taken during the restoration of the fountain, give details of its construction and workings which are not usually seen! See Ex Fonte no.12 1991 for John Watson’s description of this structure

PGPT379

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PGPT379 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph of the upper lawn and its retaining wall (compare PGPT053 12 years later) shows what a task lay ahead for the early volunteers. Both the east and west banks, and the terrace at the south end, were completely overgrown.

PGPT302

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PGPT302 Date: 1980 Source: Photograph by volunteer For other pictures of the fountain in the early 1980s see PGPT085,181,201/2. This view has been taken looking West, so the Plantation house can be seen top left through the overgrown saplings.

PGPT202

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PGPT202 Date: 1980 Source: as PGPT201 Another view of the ruinous state of the fountain in 1980

PGPT085

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PGPT085 Date: Early 1980s Source: Photgraph by Allan Sewell, a volunteer The photograph shows Bryony Nierop-Reading, who organised the first meeting, in Norwich City Library, of people who would be interested in starting the restoration of the Plantation garden. She had been alerted to the existence of the garden by a midwife who attended the […]

PGPT201

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PGPT201 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer, probably Allan Sewell This image of the fountain basin crumbling and overgrown with young saplings can be contrasted with PGPT199 after the efforts of volunteers had restored it. The rainwater collected in the bottom of the basin explains how generations of frogs had managed to breed there.

PGPT181

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PGPT181 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer Allan Sewell In Ex Fonte no 1, 1980, there is a description of the state of the fountain and what needed to be done. This photograph illustrates the description: ‘At a first glance the fountain appeared, almost more than anything else in the garden, to be in imminent […]

PGPT137

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PGPT137 Date: 1956 Source: Photograph donated by Mrs High, trainee midwife George Green’s death in 1929 marked the end of the use of the Plantation as a private house. In the following decades it was used first as a private clinic, and then as a hostel for midwives in training. Fortunately some of them took […]

PGPT138

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PGPT138 Date: 1947-50 Source: Photograph donated by Mrs Dalziel Mrs Dalziel was also a trainee midwife and she donated photographs of herself and her contemporaries after she visited the garden in September 1990 from her home in the Wirral.

PGPT152

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PGPT152 Date: 1930s Source: as PGPT151/4 This photograph (label ‘View of Garden’) must have been taken from the rustic bridge, looking South. The Palm House has been demolished and replaced by a rose garden(?). In the foreground a framework can just be seen beneath climbing plants: was this the remains of the glazed structure (entrance […]

PGPT023

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PGPT023 Date: c.1930 Source: see below This photograph was given to the Trust by Kathleen Barnard, great grand-daughter of Henry Trevor. It was taken by her father, Stanley Trevor, who was one of the two grandsons to whom Henry Trevor left the residue of his estate.

PGPT005

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PGPT005 Date: c.1927 Source: family album of the Page family (cf PGPT016) This photograph was taken by Brian Page, grandson of John Joseph Gray Page who was the eldest stepson of Henry Trevor. Bettine Page produced it for the PGPT. This view was taken from the rustic bridge and can be compared with 001. By […]

PGPT006

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PGPT006 Date: 1920s Source: Green family album This is a companion photograph to PGPT017. It is notable that the Palm House has been demolished, and probably a rose garden has replaced it. The ivy on the supporting wall is overgrown (cf PGPT001) as is the bank in front of it. There are at least 3 […]

PGPT017

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PGPT017 Date: unknown Source: Green family album This view has been taken from the rustic bridge, looking South (cf PGPT001) It appears to be a companion photograph to PGPT006. It is notable that the lawn and main path have been grassed over: the trangles of ivy on the terrace walls (cf 001) have been replaced […]

PGPT033

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PGPT033 Date suggested 1920s. Source of original unknown. . The date on the back of this postcard (cf PGPT032) was probably based on the size of the trees along the West wall. Interesting features are the rustic fence in the lower left hand corner, the steps on the West bank, the urns on the pedestals […]

PGPT056

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PGPT056 Date: 1897 Source: Detail of PGPT001 This enlargement shows clearly the propagating house (described in the auction particulars as ‘span-roof…..24ft by 10ft), with the row of finials along the top, an open door and plants standing on the shelf inside. There is also a cold frame behind. On the pedestals around the fountain urns […]

PGPT001

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PGPT001 Date: 1897 Source: Spelman (auctioneers) included this photograph in their particulars of sale of the lease of the Plantation house and garden. The sale was held after Henry Trevor’s death in May 1897. This view was taken looking South from the rustic bridge (254, 281, 283, 304, 373?, 374, 402). It shows clearly the […]

Negative (see PGPT 015)

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Date:1890s Source: negative donated by J.F.C. Mills This negative is one of a pair donated by Mr Mills. The other (PGPT015) sets the date for the pair. From this angle the glasshouse beside the fountain can be seen more clearly than in other photographs, and the complicated pattern of flower beds on the upper lawn […]

PGPT242

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PGPT242 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer A view looking North of a jazz concert, one of the popular musical events which finds a ideal venue in the garden (if the weather is kind!)

PGPT130

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PGPT130 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer This photograph shows the path along the lower level of the eastern slope (see PGPT109). Like PGPT129, it shows damage done by foxes – the sandy soil on the path has been scattered by foxes digging their lair in the slope above. Of interest also is this […]

PGPT131 and PGPT129

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PGPT131 and PGPT129 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer This view was taken to show the damage done by foxes digging up the lawn in search of worms and other prey. Urban foxes are a regular nuisance in the centre of Norwich and can often be seen crossing gardens even in broad daylight. For […]

PGPT099

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PGPT099 Date: 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer In the 1990s and early 21c a summer fete was held in July every year to raise funds for the PGPT. Bunting and flags were used around the garden as decoration. Hanging the flags on the fountain was one of the more hazardous tasks!

PGPT287 and 119

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PGPT287 and 119 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer The purpose of the net placed over the fountain each autumn is twofold: to stop leaves falling into the water to the detriment of the fish, and to prevent a repetition of the occasion when a heron ate all the fish! In 2006 an old […]

PGPT080

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PGPT080 Date 21st July 2005 Source Photograph by Pat Turner The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust (PGPT) was formed in1980 with the purpose of restoring the garden, then in a ruinous state, to its appearance in 1897. The planting scheme shown here was part of the celebration, as was an exhibition at the Assembly House, a […]

PGPT221

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PGPT221 Date: 2006? Source: photograph by volunteer Tea in the garden on a summer Sunday became a very popular reason for a visit in the early 2000s. Many visitors told us that they liked to bring their visitors, and elderly relatives were often mentioned! Children too could be left safely to take exercise on steps […]

PGPT205

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PGPT205 Date: 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer This was one of the several successful fetes held in the 1990s and early 2000s to raise funds. among the attractions was Punch and Judy, barrel organs etc. Of interest: the restored pillar on the left, part of the collapsed retaining wall. it was rebuilt using materials found […]

PGPT097

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PGPT097 Date: 2004 Source: Photgraph by volunteer ‘Britain in Bloom’ is a competition organised between various parts of Britain. This photograph was taken when the judges visited The Plantation in 2004 as part of the Norwich entry for the competition. The very attractive planting in the beds originally within the Palm House can be seen […]

PGPT335

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PGPT335 Date: 2001 or 2002 In 2001 a thoroughly Victorian theme was given to the summer fete – it was, after all, the centenary of Queen Victoria’s death. Actors impersonated the Queen and her heir. In 2002 we celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. On both occasions the garden – and of course the tea […]

PGPT175 and 176

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PGPT175 and 176 Date: 1998 Source: photograph in Trust archive In PGPT176, lower picture, The PGPT Secretary, Gretchen Mason, and Chairman 1995-2000, Elizabeth Bickerton, have been presented to Prince Charles.

PGPT174

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PGPT174 Date: 1998 Source: photograph in Trust archive Prince Charles came to Norwich on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Norwich Society and visited their exhibition mounted in the Assembly house. The Norwich Society had, as part of their celebrations, contributed very generously to the construction of a replica of the rustic bridge […]

PGPT187 and 208

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PGPT187 and 208 Date: 1990 Source: photograph by volunteer Like PGPT183, this photograph appeared on the back cover of Ex Fonte no.12 1991 and probably shows one of the jollities of an Open Day.

PGPT183

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PGPT183 Date: 1990 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph appeared on the back cover of Ex Fonte no.12 1991, and was taken during an open Day in September 1990. At that time the garden was not open to the public on a daily basis; visits had to be on a Sunday, on an Open Day […]

PGPT347

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PGPT347 Date: March 3 1988 Source: photograph by volunteer Bruce Adam This photograph was taken soon after a bus travelling along the Earlham Rd towards the city suddenly slipped into a hole! It happened just opposite the entrance to the Plantation garden – and by coincidence the house in the background is the house which […]

PGPT204

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PGPT204 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer An unknown event was taking place to display what improvements have been made: the balustrading of the Italian terrace has been repaired and a lot of the ivy which had covered the whole structure in 1980 has been removed, revealing the fancy brickwork underneath. Urns have been placed […]

PGPT206 and 207

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PGPT206 and 207 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press From early days the committee aimed at providing enjoyment and social occasions for volunteers and their families. John Watson (see PGPT192) loved to dress up in his top hat and frock coat, so fancy dress was often the order of the […]

PGPT200

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PGPT200 Date: 1980s(?) Source: photograph by volunteer This appears to show preparations for an event such as the one shown on the back cover of Ex Fonte no.5 1984 or no.9 1988 when a party was held with members dressed in Victorian costume.

PGPT199

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PGPT199 Date: c1990 Source: photograph by volunteer, probably Allan Sewell The first restoration of the fountain has brought it back to life. It is now ready for the invasion of frogs which congregate every March creating a frog carpet around the surrounding paths and making sure of the next generation.

PGPT362

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PGPT362 Date: 1930s Source: photograph donated by George Plunkett to dissertation listed in PGPT341 George Plunkett, with great foresight, took many photographs of Norwich in the 1930s, of buildings which were destined to be destroyed in World War II. This was one. Although it looks like a standard church tower, it was actually a belvedere […]

PGPT087

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PGPT087 Date: 1919/20 Source: Photograph in PGPT archive copied from Green family album When George Green became Lord Mayor in 1919 he wanted to live in an establishment suitable for that office. He settled upon the Plantation, and lived there until his death in 1929. This photograph shows him and Mrs Green setting out in […]

PGPT063 and 230

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PGPT063 and 230 Date: 1919/20 Source: Detail from photograph in Green family album In the family album. George Colman Green, son of George Green, has written ‘The North Elmham Naval Boys at the Plantation, 1919-20’ On the same page is a photograph of the boys in their sailor hats with the Lady Mayoress (Mrs Green). […]

PGPT060

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PGPT060 Date: 1920s Source: Photograph in PGPT archive As mentioned in PGPT059 George Green used the garden for various events. On this occasion he seems to be entertaining the staff of his shops in Norwich and Yarmouth. Everyone is wearing a hat except Mr and Mrs Green! The wall in the background is the ‘medieval’ […]

PGPT004

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PGPT004 Date: 1920s Source: photo in PG archive Group of Baptist ladies who were organising a fête in PG. This was during the period when George Green () lived in the Plantation. He was a strong supporter of St. Mary’s Baptist Church. This photo was produced (at a talk given in June 2008) by the […]

PGPT170

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PGPT170 Date: 1914-1919 Source: Page family album During WW1 Trevor Page & Co produced propellers for aircraft made in Norwich. This photograph shows the workers of Trevor Page & Co, men, women and boys, posing with 2 propellers in the workshop. J.J.G. Page (see PGPT168) is sitting in the middle wearing a bowler hat. 61 […]

PGPT348 and PGPT 349

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   PGPT348 and PGPT 349 Date: 1911 Source: photographs c2003 by Sarah Cocke In the first decade of the 20c there were 2 royal visits to Norwich: King Edward VII came in 1909, King George V in 1911. In the newspaper reports of each of these visits mention is made of the furniture, shown here, especially […]

PGPT169

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PGPT169 Date: 14th July 1892 Source: original poster in Norfolk Record office, copy in PGPT archive This poster advertises ‘An International bazaar and Garden Party’ to be held in The Plantation ‘through the kindness of Henry Trevor Esq.’ in aid of the Y.M.C.A. Stalls represented goods from various countries (ivory from Bombay, Japanese wares, Spanish […]

PGPT351 and PGPT 353

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   PGPT351 (left) Date: 1850s Source: History of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society (1929) Henry Trevor joined the N & N HS in the 1850s even before he started to create the Plantation garden. The society was founded in 1829, and early objectives seem as much charitable as horticultural. Members wanted ‘to raise the […]

PGPT028

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PGPT028 Date: 1980s Source: Sketch by PGPT volunteer in PGPT archive This sketch was an attempt to reconstruct the ‘Gothic Alcove’ from the (very obscure) background on the left of PGPT027.

PGPT058

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PGPT058 Date 1926 Source: Green family album G.Colman Green, son of George Green, produced an album with photographs, newspaper cuttings and his own sketches to illustrate the life of his father. This sketch, signed and dated. is inscribed ‘entrance to the Plantation, Earlham Road, Norwich’, and a sentence added at the bottom saying ‘My father […]

PGPT300

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PGPT300 Date: 1903 Source: catalogue of ‘Ornamental Brick Mouldings’ made by Gunton Bros of Costessey. This page of the catalogue shows some of the windows made by Guntons which Henry Trevor used on the ‘Gothic’ fountain (PGPT299) and lavishly around the garden e.g. on pedestals (cf PGPT356/7), the Window folly (PGPT096) and the Gothic alcove […]

PGPT076 and 077

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PGPT076 and 077 Date 1883 and 1898 Source Boulton & Paul catalogues On the left, a ‘check end saddle boiler’, of interest because the 1897 auction particulars inform us that the Palm House was heated ‘by two saddle boilers in an underground stoke-hole, approached by a glazed entrance, and with brick flue and chimney, well […]

PGPT075 and 078

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PGPT075 and 078 Date 1883 Source Boulton & Paul catalogue Boulton & Paul produced a wide range of glass houses, taking advantage of their popularity in the second half of the 19c after the impression made by the Great Exhibition in 1851. Here 3 designs are shown: upper left, a 3/4 span for a Norwich […]

PGPT072

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PGPT072 Date 19c Source: Boulton & Paul catalogues, 1898 and others The interest of this drawing of one pattern of cast iron cresting which Boulton & Paul could supply with its conservatories is that this design can be seen clearly along the edge of the Palm House in PGPT001.  

PGPT064

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PGPT064 Rustic bridges Source: Boulton & Paul samples, no.132 and 133 see also PGPT012 Date:1928 Source: Boulton & Paul catalogue, no.132 and 133 The rustic bridges shown in these photographs are very similar to the rustic bridge in a 1930s photograph of the rustic bridge in the Plantation Garden. As Henry Trevor obtained his Palm […]

PGPT095

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PGPT095 Date 1898 Source: Boulton & Paul catalogue When the Trust decided to build a shelter in the entrance yard of the garden (originally the site of glasshouses and fruit stores) the Boulton & Paul catalogue was consulted, since Henry Trevor had used their design for his Palm House. This drawing, no. 653 in the […]

PGPT049

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PGPT049 Date: 1893 Source: Catalogue of Boulton & Paul (ref.NN105) In the description of the Palm house in the 1897 auction particulars there is mention of a saddle boiler which heated the 1000′ of hot water piping in the Palm house. It is known that B & P supplied the Palm house in 1871, so […]

PGPT329

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PGPT329 Date: 1856 Source: illustrations from ‘Rustic adornments for Homes of Taste’ Shirley Hibberd’s book, first published in the year in which Henry Trevor built the Plantation, was an enormous success, going into several reprints. Henry Trevor’s garden shows its influence very strongly: here can be seen the tall urn on a pedestal (see PGPT002) […]

PGPT294

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PGPT294 Date: 18th October, 1842 Source: The Norwich Mercury newspaper See PGPT079 for discussion of Henry Trevor’s advertisement. Here more of the surrounding advertisements are shown, giving a picture of commercial activity in Norwich when Henry Trevor opened his shop.

PGPT079

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PGPT079 Date: 15th October 1842 Source: The Norwich Mercury newspaper This advertisement was placed in the newspaper by Henry Trevor as he opened his shop in Exchange Street (then called Post-Office Street) which ran from the market square down to the river. The salesmanship is skilful: the wide range of products, their modernity, high quality […]

Winter Bedding 2015

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Winter Bedding 2014 Planted 26 October 2014 Drawn by Marjorie Wilson TOP LAWN Round bed 1. Myosotis sylvatica, white forget-me-not and Tulip ‘Aladdin’ Palm bed 1. Trachycarpus fortunei 2. Geranium magnificum 3. Hyacinth ‘Jan Bos’ 4. Hyacinth ‘Blue Jacket’ LOWER LAWN Round beds 1. Muscari botryoides ‘Album’ 2. Euphorbia polychroma 3. Geranium ‘Rozanne’ 4. Tulips; […]

PGPT495

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PGPT495 Date: 22nd October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling Nerine bowdenii at the base of the Medieval wall.

PGPT494

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PGPT494 Date: 22nd October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling Progress on the west bank.

PGPT493

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PGPT493 Date: 8th October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling General view from the terrace.

PGPT492

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PGPT492 Date: 8th October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The Henry Trevor border.

PGPT491

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PGPT491 Date: 15 October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling Volunteers John (repairing the bridge) and Jonny (with vuvuzela) The vuvuzela calls the tea break.

PGPT490

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PGPT490 Date: 15 October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The compost heap! It always seems sad to remove the bedding while in full bloom but the beds must be cleared to make way for the winter planting.

PGPT489

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PGPT489 Date: 8 October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling Tuesday volunteers.

PGPT488

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PGPT488 Date: 8 October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree) making steady progress. Planted 19th July 2001 by Sir Roy Strong, our patron.

PGPT487

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PGPT487 Date: 8 October 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The summer bedding was particularly good this year.

PGPT486

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PGPT486 Date: 24 September 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The rockworks planting (background) is becoming well established.

PGPT485

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PGPT485 Date: 24 September 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling General view from the terrace.

PGPT484

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PGPT484 Date: 23 July 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The entrance courtyard planting. The white board lists the jobs to be done for the Tuesday volunteers and chairs ready for their tea break. The plant sales area is on the right.

PGPT483

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PGPT483 Date: 16 July 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The Mypex covering is slowly being covered by new planting.

PGPT482

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PGPT482 Date: 16 July 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling Volunteer Susanne.

PGPT481and PGPT 336

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PGPT481 Date: 2 July 2013 Source: Photo by volunteer Cynthia Gibling Our trachycarpus fortunei, planted on the palm terrace. The plant was gifted to the garden by a visitor and planted c.2001 (PGPT336).

PGPT469

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PGPT469 Date: 22 June 2013 Source: Photo by Cynthia Gibling Marjorie Wilson with her collection of plants for sale at the Glorious Gardens event.

PGPT462

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PGPT462 Date: 6 May 2013 A Vintage Fair was held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday.

PGPT453 and PGPT 459

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PGPT453 Date: April 2013 Source: photograph by Susanne Faulkner Wendy and Val installing themselves in the new tea lodge just in time for the many busy events held during the summer. PGPT459

PGPT456/7

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PGPT456/7 Date: October 2012 The remains of the original chimney and underground ducting from the boiler house (which had been under the palm house) are rediscovered, recorded and reburied. The chimney was positioned about 20 metres away from the palm house so that smoke did not spoil the air in the garden.

PGPT449

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PGPT449 Date: October 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer A new tree fern replaced one that died during winter 2011/2012.

PGPT442

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PGPT442 Date: July 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer The Tuesday Team Our Tuesday gardening and maintenance volunteers.

PGPT441

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PGPT441 Date: May 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer The summer bedding included our tribute to our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

PGPT447

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PGPT447 Date: July 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer New fox-deterrent trellis fencing for the nursery area, under construction.

PGPT446

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PGPT446 Date: July 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer Sweet peas cover the new trellis fence and sleeper wall

PGPT440

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PGPT440 Date: June 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer Sarah Tier-Quick’s Jubilee display in Norwich Cathedral.

PGPT445

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PGPT445 Date: April 2012 New retaining wall beside the toolshed.

PGPT444

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PGPT444 Date: April 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer Mypex matting is proving successful after coconut fibre matting was destroyed by foxes within a week. This matting will be progressively covered by vegetation. Our apologies for the appearance until it is established.

PGPT443

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PGPT443 Date: April 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer The ivy curtains on the Italianate terrace and a glimpse of the controversial matting on the west bank.

PGPT438

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PGPT438 Date: April 2012 Source: photograph by volunteer The Garden ‘brown’ sign is repaired and replaced on an extra tall pole.

PGPT432

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PGPT432 Date: 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer West bank is cleared and prepared for replanting.

PGPT431

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PGPT431 Date: September 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer Volunteers outing to Somerleyton Hall (at the centre of the maze).

PGPT430

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PGPT430 Date: September 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer The Henry Trevor border at the entrance to the Garden. See PGPT427 above.

PGPT427

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PGPT427 Date: June 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer The Henry Trevor border at the entrance to the Garden. Ivy cleared and for the first time, summer bedding planted June 2011.

PGPT428

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PGPT428 Date: June 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer This stone water spout is also seen in PGPT062. It was returned to the Garden in 2011 and reinstated in it’s original position in June 2011.

PGPT426

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PGPT426 Date: June 2011 Bird bath donated by the family of Jane Eggleston, who was the Membersip Secretary for the PGPT for many years.

PGPT425

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PGPT425 Date: Planting Day June 2011 The fox-deterrent fence panels laid out ready to assemble.

PGPT424

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PGPT424 Date: June 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer Planter sited in the shelter after restoration.

PGPT423

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PGPT423 Date: May 2011 Source: photograph by volunteer West bank covering and new planting.

PGPT419

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PGPT419 Date: October 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer New toolshed / Volunteer Mike

PGPT422

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PGPT422 Date: 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer Autumn Planting Day

PGPT420

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PGPT420 Date: 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer Restored access to the upper levels (above and left of the summerhouse).

PGPT418

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PGPT418 Date: 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer Preparation for planting on the West Bank.

PGPT417

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PGPT417 Date: July 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer Re-found foundations of the Gardener’s Cottage.

PGPT415

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PGPT415 Date: 2010 Source: plan by Marjorie Wilson West Bank Planting Plan.

PGPT412

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PGPT412 Date: July 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer South bank partially cleared.

PGPT411

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PGPT411 Date: July 2010 Source: photograph by volunteer A jazz concert was held very successfully to raise funds for the PGPT.

PGPT436

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PGPT436 December 2009 Photo by Andy Jones

PGPT435

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PGPT435 December Without the leaves on the great copper beech tree, the cathedral is easy to see. The leaf cover is on the fountain and the fox deterrent fences border the formal bedding. Photo by Andy Jones

PGPT434

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PGPT434 December 2009 Photo by Andy Jones

PGPT433

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PGPT433 December 2009 The tree ferns survived 2009/2010 but were lost the following winter. Photo by Andy Jones

PGPT288

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PGPT288 Date: 20th September 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer See PGPT235 for the story of how the Trust was able to build a new greenhouse in 2009. The structure is not an exact replica of the original (we have no evidence of its appearance) but it has been built in a ‘Victorian’ style on the […]

PGPT278

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PGPT278 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer On the O.S. 1883 map a flight of steps is shown leading from the south east of the upper terrace to the path which ran around the circumference of the top of the garden. In 2009 work was begun to uncover the remains of the original steps […]

PGPT251

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PGPT251 Date: 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer Many of our volunteers and visitors find the greatest pleasure of their visits to the garden is the opportunity to see a variety of flora and fauna, like this Speckled Wood butterfly.

PGPT248

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PGPT248 Date: 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer Foxes have made their earths and bred in the Plantation for several years. Cubs make an endearing sight for visitors, but they ruin flower beds, dig up lawns and weaken banks, so they do present a problem in the Plantation and indeed in many parts of Norwich.

PGPT277

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PGPT277 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer The ‘fly in the ointment’ spoiling this view of the garden looking south is the barricade of fences around the rectangular bed: these have to be erected to make sure that foxes do not dig up the summer bedding plants in their early stages. Otherwise the scene […]

PGPT276

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PGPT276 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer This view of the rockworks shows how well the planting planned by Marj Wilson and Lesley Cuneen had developed by 2009 (cf PGPT214). The prominence of ferns and cordylines echoes the taste of Victorian gardeners.

PGPT275

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PGPT275 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer Another attractive view, where the tower of St John’s R.C. cathedral can be seen in the background. Henry Trevor must have been very pleased when this building in the ‘medieval’ style was begun in 1890, replacing the prison (PGPT229) which had stood on the site since before […]

PGPT274

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PGPT274 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer The garden in full summer bloom. The seat resembles those shown in the Boulton and Paul catalogue of 1898 (PGPT077).

PGPT247

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PGPT247 Date: 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer The 1883 map shows that Henry Trevor’s design included many flights of steps to exploit the differnt levels of the garden, so as to make interesting walks and give varied views from above on to the colourful flower beds below. many of these flights have been lost, some […]

PGPT084

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PGPT084 Date July 2009 Source Photograph by volunteer In the 1990s a decision was taken to set up an ‘honesty box’ in the hope that visitors to the garden would pay an entrance fee even when there was no volunteer to take their money. To the surprise of many, this soon became an important source […]

PGPT279

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PGPT279 Date: July 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer The south east corner of the lower lawn, showing the decorative walls and flourishing tree ferns. In the harsh winter of 2011/12 the large tree fern received a severe set-back, but recovered enough to produce a single frond in the summer of 2012.

PGPT245

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PGPT245 Date: 2009 Source: photograph by Cynthia Gibling For the story of this greenhouse see PGPT235, where it is seen partly built. While this greenhouse is not an exact replica of the original, it is typical of the style of the time.

PGPT235

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PGPT235 Date: March 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer The PGPT was very grateful to receive a legacy from a well-wisher, Michael Andrews, who left the PGPT over £50,000 when he died in 2007. It was decided to spend this on an Alitex, Victorian-style, double-glazed, aluminium-framed green house to replace the polytunnel which had done service […]

PGPT234 and PGPT251

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PGPT234 and PGPT251 Speckled Wood butterfly 2009

PGPT232 and PGPT233

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PGPT232 and PGPT233 Date: February 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer These 2 photographs show a further stage of the work being carried out in PGPT092/3. The retaining wall in the south west corner of the main lawn was restored by building an inner skin of breeze blocks, then adding a facing built in ‘Trevoresque’ style […]

PGPT092 and PGPT093

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PGPT092 and PGPT093 Date 2009 Source Photographs by Douglas Stewart, volunteer The retaining wall in the south west corner of the main lawn was already in a state of collapse in 1980. PGPT110 shows its state in July 2007, before restoration began. The Trust decided to rebuild it in 2009,with an inner skin of breeze […]

PGPT231

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PGPT231 Gable restoration completed Spring 2009

PGPT250

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PGPT250 Date: Spring 2009 Source: photograph by volunteer Unlike the foxes, frogs receive an unqualified welcome in the garden! They arrive from all over the garden every spring, make a great deal of amorous noise and clamber into the fountain basin, whatever obstacles need overcoming, to create another generation for the garden!

PGPT340

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PGPT340 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by Shirley-Ann Humphries The garden has often tempted photographers after a fall of snow!

PGPT227

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PGPT227 Date: October 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer There is a date plaque set into this wall with the date 1871, so we know that Henry Trevor built it 15 years after he completed his house.It was part of his scheme for adding a Palm house to his garden (see PGPT125). The house is plain […]

PGPT134

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PGPT134 Date: October 2008 Source: Photograph by volunteer In 1994 an accidental slip of the foot led to the discovery of this brick pediment in the bank to the East of the summerhouse at the top of the Italian terrace (see Ex Fonte 14 for a drawing and full report). It has the date 1880 […]

PGPT133

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PGPT133 Date: October 2008 Source: Photograph by volunteer In 1842 Henry Trevor opened a furnishing business in Norwich (see PGPT079). The business flourished, first under Trevor’s own name, later as Trevor and Page when he took his eldest stepson into partnership (see PGPT007,106). Eventually the name was shortened to Trevor Page.The business was finally closed […]

PGPT132 and PGPT 224

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PGPT132 Date: October 2008 Source: Photograph by volunteer The summer of 2008 was a hot one, as this picture of fruit setting on the banana plant ( ) which grew on the upper lawn testifies! PGPT224 Date: October 2008 Source: photograph by Cynthia Gibling Cobaea Scandens flowered on the bridge

PGPT244

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PGPT244 Date: August 2008 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson The planting in the foreground includes Astilbes, Diksonia antartica (tree ferns),……….In the background can be seen the wall restored in the south east corner of the lawn and the restored Gothis alcove beyond.

PGPT243

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PGPT243 Date: August 2008 Source: photograph by Marjorie Wilson A view looking North in which can be seen the summer bedding …….., the fountain, the glazed shed and the rustic bridge.

PGPT238

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PGPT238 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by Dubravka Yarwood John Scotting has been a long term member of the Tuesday group of volunteers, His speciality has been pruning, and the very many old shrubs in the garden give him plenty of scope.

PGPT225

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PGPT225 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by Cynthia Gibling Marj Wilson was involved as a volunteer in the Plantation from its early days. Later she did more and more organising of planning and planting and became Head gardener. She designed schemes for the rockworks, the beds on and around the Palm house lawn, in the entrance […]

PGPT216

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PGPT216 Date: July 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer This picture shows a group of volunteers who work on Tuesday mornings on all the gardening jobs needed to keep the Plantation looking attractive for visitors. Left – right they are Cynthia (who set up and runs the web site), Marj (Head Gardener), Janet, Dubravka and Jill.The […]

PGPT241

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PGPT241 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by Dubravka Yarwood This oblique view of the Italian terrace and rustic summerhouse shows that it is quite a steep climb from the lawn up the slope, which was probably a chalk cliff at the south end of the quarry when Henry Trevor began work on his garden.

PGPT273

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PGPT273 Date: July 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer Many visitors thoroughly enjoy the peace and quiet they can find in the garden. Note the section of ‘medieval’ wall in the background, and the exotic echium which astonished visitors for a season.

PGPT242

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PGPT242 Date: 2008 Source: photograph by volunteer A view looking North of a jazz concert, one of the popular musical events which finds a ideal venue in the garden (if the weather is kind!)

PGPT089

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PGPT089 Date 2008 Source Photograph by Cynthia Gibling The large flints which appear in the buttresses of the fountain remind us that flints were mined on the site of the garden in medieval times. A reminder of the extensive system of tunnels which still survives in the area came in 1984 when a bus travelling […]

PGPT239 and PGPT240

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PGPT239 and PGPT240 Date: April 2008 Source: photographs by Dubravka Yarwood The spring bedding this year was, top, Bellis/Myosotis bottom, Wallflowers/Tulips

PGPT088 and PGPT237

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PGPT088 and PGPT237 Spring Source: Photos by Dubravka Yarwood

PGPT116

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PGPT116 Date: April 2008 Source: Photograph by volunteer A view of the restored rustic summerhouse at the top of the Italian terrace, after the roof had been renovated with Norfolk reed (see PGPT090). Visible on the inside wall is an information board about the summerhouse.

PGPT090

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PGPT090 Date 2008 Source Photograph by volunteer This photograph was taken from a high viewpoint at the South end of the garden, looking across the thatched roof of the summerhouse past the balustrade on to the main lawn. In 1980 the ruins of a thatched summerhouse were found on the lawn beside the Beeches. No […]

PGPT209

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PGPT209 Date: 2007 Source: photograph in PGPT archive In 2007 a female artist brought this painting in to the garden with the suggestion that prints should be made and sold for the benefit of the PGPT and the artist herself. The project was not pursued.

PGPT119

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PGPT119 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer The purpose of the net placed over the fountain each autumn is twofold:to stop leaves falling into the water to the detriment of the fish, and to prevent a repetition of the occasion when a heron ate all the fish! In 2006 an old torn net was […]

PGPT130

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PGPT130 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer This photograph shows the path along the lower level of the eastern slope (see PGPT109). Like PGPT129, it shows damage done by foxes – the sandy soil on the path has been scattered by foxes digging their lair in the slope above. Of interest also is this […]

PGPT131 and PGPT129

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PGPT131 and PGPT129 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer This view was taken to show the damage done by foxes digging up the lawn in search of worms and other prey. Urban foxes are a regular nuisance in the centre of Norwich and can often be seen crossing gardens even in broad daylight. For […]

PGPT122 and PGPT123

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PGPT122 and PGPT123 Date: September 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Head Gardener Marjorie Wilson is examining the notice tied on to the trunk of a clematis which climbs into a yew tree near the west end of the rustic bridge. This trunk has so large a circumference that the PGPT claims it as champion of […]

PGPT124

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PGPT124 Date: September 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Volunteers here make use of the newly finished shelter to take their mid-morning break. The ‘Tuesday Group’ was so named because they meet regularly on Tuesday mornings to do gardening, repairs and construction work. Their efforts over the years have made a great contribution to the garden.

PGPT094 and PGPT222

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PGPT094 and PGPT222 Date 2007 Source Photograph by volunteer Richard Horne was the craftsman who built the oak shelter, a practical addition for volunteers who work in the garden or welcome visitors (cf PGPT057).

PGPT117, 118 and 121

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PGPT117, 118 and 121 Date : September 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer The shelter in the yard under construction (see PGPT057,094/5) Note the gazebo which had served as a shelter for the volunteers tea breaks in the past.

PGPT095 and PGPT120

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PGPT095 and PGPT120 Date: 1898 and October 2007 Source: Boulton & Paul catalogue and photograph by volunteer When the Trust decided to build a shelter in the entrance yard of the garden (originally the site of glasshouses and fruit stores) the Boulton & Paul catalogue was consulted, since Henry Trevor had used their design for […]

PGPT128 and 057

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PGPT128 Date: 2007 Source: Richard Horne This is the design for the shelter drawn by Richard Horne, the craftsman who built it. PGPT057 Date 2007 Source: Volunteer’s photograph In 2007 it was decided that it would be very useful to have a shelter in the yard at the entrance to the garden, to provide some […]

PGPT101

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PGPT101 Date: October 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Kitty Plaskitt was one of the original volunteers who worked in the garden from 1980.

PGPT127

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PGPT127 Date: August 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Several beds in the garden, including 3 on the lower lawn, are planted twice each year with bedding plants in a modified version of Henry Trevor’s original ‘carpet bedding’. In 2007 this central ‘wheel bed’ had a central plant of Fatsia japonica, with spokes formed by Ophiopogon […]

PGPT126

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PGPT126 Date: August 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer On the O.S. map of 1883, flights of steps were marked clearly on the slopes in many parts of the garden, though by 1980 many had almost disappeared. This photograph shows the reconstruction of steps leading from the wide space at the top of the Italian terrace […]

PGPT100

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PGPT100 Date July 2007 Source Photograph by volunteer This view is of the South East corner of the main lawn. Cf PGPT083 for the story of the tree ferns and the architecture of the wall behind.

PGPT099

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PGPT099 Date 2007 Source Photograph by volunteer In the 1990s and early 21c a summer fete was held in July every year to raise funds for the PGPT. Bunting and flags were used around the garden as decoration. Hanging the flags on the fountain was one of the more hazardous tasks!

PGPT115

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PGPT115 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer There was an unfortunate incident during a hot spell in 2007 when a young bird was so eager to drink that it fell into the fountain and was drowned. John Gibling, a volunteer, made this leaf shaped lead bird bath for the top of the rockworks in […]

PGPT113

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PGPT113 Date:July 2007 (?) Source: Photograph by volunteer These ‘bunch of grapes’ bricks are built in to the walls shown in PGPT112. They were made, like so many of the ‘fancy’ bricks in the garden, in the the workshops of Gunton Bros of Costessey. This design can also be seen on houses in the Street […]

PGPT112

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PGPT112 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer View on to the steps and slopes of the Italian Terrace taken from the East. The terrace does not have a date built in like the ‘medieval’ wall at the other end of the garden, but it seems likely that Henry Trevor built it at an early […]

PGPT110

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PGPT110 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer This view to the Italian terrace shows the collapse of the wall on the right hand (East) side of the lawn. PGPT092 shows reconstruction under way.

PGPT136

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PGPT136 Date: July 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer Cynthia Gibling The fountain has always been a popular subject for photographers. It is in some ways so typical of Victorian gardens with its ostentation, its display of a taste for the medieval style, its technology, its eclectic combination of classical mouldings with its rustic flint buttresses […]

PGPT114 and PGPT219

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PGPT114 and PGPT219 Date : July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer The recreated rustic summerhouse at the top of the Italian steps. It is possible to see the deterioration of the heather thatched roof which led to reroofing in Norfolk reed in 2008 (see PGPT090). The 1886 photograph of the summerhouse which the modern manufacturers […]

PGPT103 and PGPT091

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PGPT103 and PGPT091 Date 2007 Source Photograph by volunteer Ruins in this spot (cf PGPT081) suggested the ‘Gothic’ alcove which the Trust decided to reconstruct in 2007, using original material found in the garden. It is an example of the ‘medievalising’ taste of Henry Trevor, shown also in the walls. For practical reasons it was built […]

PGPT211

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PGPT211 Date: 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer The work of restoring the ‘Gothic’ alcove using materials found in the garden, was undertaken by the building firm ………See also PGPT103,105,130, and Guide book 2009 p34. All the builders who have worked on restoration in the garden have become enthusiastic about the unusual designs and materials they […]

PGPT125

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PGPT125 Date: May 2007 Source: Photograph by Cynthia Gibling This ‘gargoyle’ head (perhaps another product of Gunton Bros (see PGPT104) was built into the ‘medieval’ wall at its northen end. This wall was built as a retaining wall in 1871 (date on plaque in wall) when Henry Trevor erected his Palm house. Previously the ground […]

PGPT111

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PGPT111 Date: July 2007 Source: Photograph by volunteer Set in the Italian terrace wall are 3 terracotta tiles with shields of arms, 2 small and identical, with a larger one below. Research in the early 1980s (see Ex Fonte no.4 p9) into the heraldry showed that the upper 2 tiles have arms which can be […]

PGPT286

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PGPT286 Date: April 2007 Source: photograph by volunteer Visitors enjoying the spring sunshine and the winter/spring bedding as they sit in front of the rockworks.

PGPT218

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PGPT218 Date: 2007 Source: photograph by Dubravka Yarwood Nick Belfield-Smith became Chairman in 2007 after working for many years at a wide variety of tasks in the garden – planting, making compost, building bonfires, putting up gazebos, persuading Floranova to sponsor plants and many more.

PGPT287

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PGPT287 Date: October 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer This is the new net, made to protect the pool of the fountain against falling leaves, and the fish against marauding herons. PGPT119 shows the net in use a year later.

PGPT284

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PGPT284 Date: September 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer This fountain, probably made by Doulton, seems to have been introduced into the Plantation garden by George Green (PGPT087) in the 1920s. It is very similar to the one which appears in the photograph of the conservatory of Carrow house (PGPT066). It appears on the lawn of […]

PGPT331 and 332

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PGPT331 Date: c.2000 Source: photograph by volunteer Here can be seen a panel from the original 1886 summerhouse which was found in 1980 on the lawn near the Beeches (see PGPT090). This panel and the one just glimpsed on the right were decorated with ‘found’ pieces of wood to make images of swans. PGPT332 Date: […]

PGPT333

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PGPT333 Date: early 2000s Source: photograph by volunteer A view of the Italian terrace, showing the recreated summerhouse in position at the top of the steps (see PGPT319-324).

PGPT226

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PGPT226 Date: c.2006 Source: photograph by volunteer The lower lawn in full summer bloom. Visible are Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Heuchera. In the distance the summerhouse can be seen at the top of the italian terrace.

PGPT107

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PGPT107 Date: early 21c Source: Photograph by volunteer These two volunteers were responsible for many construction projects around the garden e.g. Douglas Stewart, who is wearing a green PG volunteer shirt, made steps, maintained the fountain and looked after the fish as well as organising the appeal to raise money for the reconstruction of the rustic […]

PGPT083

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PGPT083 Date May 2006 Source Photograph by volunteer A typical sight of volunteers (Dubravka, Janet and Jill) at work on a regular Tuesday morning. Of interest is the tree fern, donated by a visitor to the garden. It was decided to accept the gift, although there is no evidence that tree ferns were planted in […]

PGPT217

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PGPT217 Date: 2006 Source: photograph by Cynthia Gibling A view of the end of the rockworks which shows clearly the burnt ‘volcanic’ appearance of the clinker, as well as the ruinous state of the ‘Gothic’ alcove and the end of the restored eastern retaining wall.

PGPT081 and PGPT109

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PGPT081 and PGPT109 Date April 2006 Source Photograph taken by volunteer This view of the ‘Gothic’ alcove (Guide book 1998 p34) was taken before restoration work was undertaken (PGPT091). PGPT063 shows it covered with ivy in the 1920s. The path behind runs from the southern end of the main lawn to the eastern end of the […]

PGPT105 and 215

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PGPT105 and 215 Date: 2006 Source: Photograph by volunteer The ‘Gothic’ alcove before restoration (see PGPT091/103). These ruins helped to indicate the original design.

PGPT263

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PGPT263 Date: 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows how attractive the rockworks can look. Photographs from the 1980s (PGPT387) and 1990s (PGPT370) illustrate earlier periods, and PGPT214 gives a description of the building materials used. Water was laid on to trickle down the ‘steps’ which descend from the lump of clinker at the […]

PGPT214

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PGPT214 Date: March 2006 Source: photograph by volunteer Rock works were a very popular feature of Victorian gardens. Volcanic rock like tufa was considered the most desirable material, but, if this could not be obtained, clinker, a waste product from gasworks was an acceptable substitiute. Henry Trevor probably obtained his clinker from the works on […]

PGPT221

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PGPT221 Date: 2006? Source: photograph by volunteer Tea in the garden on a suumer Sunday became a very popular reason for a visit in the early 2000s. Many visitors told us that they liked to bring their visitors, and elderly relatives were often mentioned! Children too could be left safely to take exercise on steps […]

PGPT283

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PGPT283 Date: July 2005 Source: photograph by volunteer Two committee members are leading ‘Britain in Bloom’ visitors across the rustic bridge.

PGPT281

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PGPT281 Date: April 2005 Source: photograph by volunteer The rustic bridge, reconstructed in 1998 (cf PGPT374), acts both as a belvedere and a link between various paths around the garden (cf PGPT098). PGPT402 shows a view of the bridge from the upper lawn.

PGPT280

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PGPT280 Date: April 2005 Source: photograph by volunteer The magnolia on the upper lawn.

PGPT080

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PGPT080 Date 21st July 2005 Source Photograph by Pat Turner The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust (PGPT) was formed in1980 with the purpose of restoring the garden, then in a ruinous state, to its appearance in 1897. The planting scheme shown here was part of the celebration, as was an exhibition at the Assembly House, a […]

PGPT282

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PGPT282 Date: September 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer The serving table and chairs on the right show that this photograph was taken on a Sunday during preparations for serving teas. The summer bedding is still in full flower around the trachycarpus fortunei, which is considerably smaller than it would be 4 years later (cf PGPT237).

PGPT205

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PGPT205 Date: 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer This was one of the several successful fetes held in the 1990s and early 2000s to raise funds. Among the attractions was Punch and Judy, barrel organs etc. Of interest: the restored pillar on the left, part of the collapsed retaining wall. It was rebuilt using materials found […]

PGPT097

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PGPT097 Date 2004 Source Photgraph by volunteer ‘Britain in Bloom’ is a competition organised between various parts of Britain. This photograph was taken when the judges visited The Plantation in 2004 as part of the Norwich entry for the competition. The very attractive planting in the beds originally within the Palm House can be seen […]

PGPT257

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PGPT257 Date: c 2004 Source: Britain in Bloom photographer Twice a year, spring and autumn, volunteers come together on a Sunday morning to plant summer or winter bedding. Marj Wilson, head gardener (2nd from left) plans the schemes, after discussion with a sub-committee, then purchases and organises the arrival of the plants for the day. […]

PGPT261

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PGPT261 Date: 2004 Source: Planting scheme drawn by Marj Wilson Marj Wilson, Head Gardener, has provided visitors each year with beautiful drawings of the planting plans of various beds in the garden, both the perennial beds and summer (as here) or winter bedding. Visitors can often be seen studying the laminated copies of these drawings […]

PGPT264

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PGPT264 Date: 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer Volunteer Eric is doing some repair work to the flint and brick shed, which was rebuilt in the 1990s on the site of an earlier building, shown on the 1883 O.S. map south of the gardener’s cottage (PGPT034). PGPT371 shows its position relative to the Plantation house.

PGPT260

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PGPT260 Date: July 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer Many of the original steps at the top of the flight up to the Italian terrace had become worn and a possible hazard for the public, so in 2004 new ‘Mooncrete’ steps were used to replace the damaged ones, though care was taken to retain or re-use […]

PGPT268

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PGPT268 Date: 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer Red, white and blue are the colours used for this bedding scheme on the upper lawn, with a banana tree giving height in the centre.

PGPT285

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PGPT285 Date: June 2004 Source: photograph by volunteer Information boards in various parts of the garden help visitors to appreciate its history. With the help of charitable grants, boards have been set up to give the history of Trevor Page (Henry Trevor’s firm, cf PGPT133); of the Palm House; of the rustic summerhouse; and of […]

PGPT135

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PGPT135 Date: June 2004 Source: Photograph by volunteer The photograph shows the recreated rustic summerhouse at the top of the Italian terrace steps (see PGPT114). The heather roof is still in reasonable condition here. This photograph shows more clearly the ‘swan’ decoration on the front panels, inspired by the panels seen in the 1886 photograph […]

PGPT104

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PGPT104 Date: 2001-2004 Source: Photograph by volunteer This photograph of the fountain shows how its plan ressembles an irregular triangle. The dog/lion faces repeated around the frieze are probably from Gunton Bros stock of fancy bricks, and perhaps the brick with the man’s face is from the same source. Visitors like to think this is […]

PGPT368

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PGPT368 Date: 2003 Source: photograph by volunteer Sarah Cocke This retaining wall in the south-east corner of the lower lawn had largely collapsed by 1980, when the garden was ‘discovered’. Restoration was begun here in 2003, by Michael Herring, a builder who had done a lot of work on traditional buildings.The lower parts of this […]

PGPT253

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PGPT253 Date: 2003 Source: photograph by volunteer This shows the early stages of the restoration of the retaining wall which appears in PGPT252. Michael Herring, the builder who undertook the restoration appears at the left. As in other restoration work, the materials used were found in the garden, and the style was copied from the […]

PGPT327

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PGPT327 Date: 2002 Source: photograph by volunteer The red white and blue of the bedding scheme celebrates the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

PGPT254

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PGPT254 Date: c 2002 Source: photograph by volunteer From the early days of restoration of the garden the PGPT volunteer guides have taken groups around the garden talking about its history and significance. The letter shown in PGPT414 illustrates the appreciation felt by many visitors. On special occasions, such as the Queen’s Jubilee, or for […]

PGPT330

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PGPT330 Date: early 2000s Source: photograph by volunteer In the foreground of this picture of the long west bed beside the main lawn can be seen part of the magnificent display of dahlias planted there for a year or two. Unfortunately they were discovered by a muntjac deer which arrived (probably from Earlham cemetery) and […]

PGPT335

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PGPT335 Date: 2001 or 2002 In 2001 a thoroughly Victorian theme was given to the summer fete – it was, after all, the centenary of Queen Victoria’s death. Actors impersonated the Queen and her heir. In 2002 we celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. On both occasions the garden – and of course the tea […]

PGPT267

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PGPT267 Date: early 2000s Source: photograph by volunteer The label of this plant states: “This Hebe has a direct connection with Queen Victoria. She gave a sprig from her wedding bouquet to the wife of the Bishop of Norwich in 1840. It was propagated successfully, and our plant is a daughter of the hebe which […]

PGPT336

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PGPT336 Date: c.2001 Source: photograph by volunteer One Sunday a visitor to the garden remarked that we were not growing a palm in the Palm house. a few weeks later he returned with the gift of a trachycarpus fortunei which has flourished in this sheltered position.

PGPT256

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PGPT256 Date: 2000 Source: photograph by volunteer The garden is very photogenic in snow! These steps were built by volunteers to lead from the fountain up to the middle path along the east bank.

PGPT258

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PGPT258 Date: 1999 Source: photograph by volunteer The caption explains that a trench was dug for the pipes and cables need to supply the south end of the garden with water and electricity, both often needed for events such as parties and weddings held in marquees on the lawn. Although this was for a time […]

PGPT259

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PGPT259 Date: 1998 Source: photograph by volunteer (replicates PGPT312) This view from the rustic bridge shows clearly the outline of the Palm House (PGPT003) – its shape and interior paths. The beds had been planted recently, and the surfacing of the paths with gravel had just been completed.

PGPT339

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PGPT339 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer A rustic bridge at Shrubland Park (see PGPT321), providing access from one slope to another, is another similarity between Shrubland and the Plantation garden.

PGPT338

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PGPT338 Date: 1997 Source: detail from PGPT337 By the time of Henry Trevor’s death, he was well known enough for reports of his brief illness and death to be reported at length in the local papers. There was a brief ceremony at the house, then a procession ‘led by the head gardener’ and managers from […]

PGPT337

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PGPT337 Date: 1997 Source: photograph by volunteer The family tomb in Earlham cemetery was built in 1862 when Joseph Gray (see PGPT158) died. His inscription, on the right, tells us that he ‘lived in the faith of Jesus Christ for upwards of fifty years’, a reminder that he was a minister at the Pottergate St […]

PGPT334

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PGPT334 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer At the top of the rockworks are two large lumps of clinker, each at the head of ‘steps’ down which a trickle of water could flow. Clinker from the gasworks was used by Henry Trevor as a cheap substitute for the volcanic rock which was advised as desirable […]

PGPT331 and 332

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PGPT331 Date: c.2000 Source: photograph by volunteer Here can be seen a panel from the original 1886 summerhouse which was found in 1980 on the lawn near the Beeches (see PGPT090). This panel and the one just glimpsed on the right were decorated with ‘found’ pieces of wood to make images of swans. PGPT332 Date: […]

PGPT096

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PGPT096 Date c.2000 Source Photograph by volunteer The ‘window’ (Guide book 2009 p34) is a good example of Henry Trevor’s liking for the medieval style in the decoration of his garden. In PGPT061/62 this feature can be seen as it appeared in the 1930s.

PGPT179 and 180

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PGPT179 and 180 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer The conservatory at Carrow House and the splendid gates still stand.

PGPT304 and PGPT312

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PGPT304 and PGPT312 Date: 1998 Source: photograph by volunteer In 1998 the Norwich Society was celebrating its 75th anniversary and invited suggestions for projects to commemorate the occasion. Fortunately for the PGPT, the restoration of a bridge had been one of the Society’s original projects, and so it was agreed that it would bear half […]

PGPT301 and 303

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PGPT301 and 303 Date: 1998 Source: photograph by volunteer PGPT303 was one of the early photographs taken from the restored rustic bridge (see PGPT304). It was very pleasing to be able to reproduce a view which had been shown in the 1897 photograph (PGPT001) but which had not been available since the bridge collapsed in […]

PGPT175 and 176

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PGPT175 and 176 Date:1998 Source: as PGPT174 In PGPT176, lower photo, The PGPT Secretary, Gretchen Mason, and Chairman 1995-2000, Elisabeth Bickerton, have been presented to Prince Charles.

PGPT174

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PGPT174 Date: 1998 Source: photograph in Trust archive Prince Charles came to Norwich on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Norwich Society and visited their exhibition mounted in the Assembly house. The Norwich Society had, as part of their celebrations, contributed very generously to the construction of a replica of the rustic bridge […]

PGPT298

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PGPT298 Date: 1997 Source: photograph by Sarah Cocke This photograph was taken to be the cover photograph for the guide and history published in March 1998. The Town Close Trust gave a generous grant towards the cost of printing.

PGPT108

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PGPT108 Date: 1990s Source: Publicity leaflet In the late 1990s it was decided that a leaflet would be useful to distribute to hotels, the station, tourist offices around the county etc. It proved very popular. This map was based, by permission, on Geographers’ A-Z and O.S.

PGPT343 and 344

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    PGPT343 and 344 Date: 1995 Source: Diagrams for volunteer guides PGPT343 is a copy of the 1883 O.S. map on which has been marked ,in green, the numerous beds which would have needed planting with perennials or summer bedding in Henry Trevor’s time. PGPT344 (duplicate of PGPT098) indicates the various circular routes which Henry […]

PGPT439

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PGPT439 Date: 1995 Source: photograph by volunteer Sheila Adam The Plantation house exterior looks very similar in modern times to its 1897 appearance (cf PGPT067). From this angle, it is possible to see how Henry Trevor chose to build on a slightly elevated site, planning that the drive dipped from the Earlham road, then rose […]

PGPT305

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PGPT305 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by Sarah Cocke This is a detail of the ‘medieval’ wall (cf PGPT305). The date plaque here is very valuable for the information it gives about when the wall was built, i.e. in 1871 as part of the construction preparatory to the erection of the Palm House (cf PGPT003). No […]

PGPT361

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PGPT361 Date: 1990s Source: as PGPT341 There can be no doubt that Henry Trevor was not alone in Norwich in his taste for building ‘medieval’ ruins as follies in his garden. Here are 3 examples which have survived from other large gardens: in Heigham Rd (top), Albemarle Rd (bottom) and Kett’s Castle villa. Only the […]

PGPT359 and PGPT360

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PGPT359 and PGPT360 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by Bruce Adam These photographs are of the chimneys at Oxburgh Hall. They were installed in the 1830s, when the hall was modernised – for comfort, but in the medieval style (see PGPT325/6). The chimneys were supplied by Gunton Bros (see PGPT311) and the one on the left […]

PGPT358

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PGPT358 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer Another view of the plaque described in PGPT111

PGPT356 and PGPT357

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PGPT356 and PGPT357 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer These are two of the six pedestals which punctuate the wall surrounding the fountain. They must date to 1857, when it was built (see PGPT186). It is interesting to note that each of themis different, though each uses a window frame which matches a pattern in […]

PGPT354 and PGPT355

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PGPT354 and PGPT355 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer Gunton Bros catalogue (see PGPT311) declares that the moulded bricks which are their speciality can be made in red and white, and here are examples from the walls of the Plantation garden. Both bricks have of course weathered: the red remains unmistakably brick, whereas after a […]

PGPT309, 310, 313 and 314

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PGPT309, 310, 313 and 314 Date: 1990s Source: photographs by Sarah Cocke These are all details of the ‘medieval’ wall which Henry Trevor built in 1871 as a retaining wall when he levelled the slope in front of the house so that he could site his large Palm house there. He made this wall highly […]

PGPT307, 308 and 316

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PGPT307, 308 and 316 Date: 1990s Source: photographs by Sarah Cocke These details of the ‘medieval’ wall reveal clearly Henry Trevor’s taste for designs which echo medieval ecclesiastical architecture. The shield in PGPT307 is similar to one of those in PGPT111, the emblem of the cross speaks for itself and reflects Henry Trevor’s devout belief […]

PGPT306

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PGPT306 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer This detail of the west wall of St Peter Mancroft church was taken to show the influence of the medieval churches of Norwich on Henry Trevor’s designs for his garden, where the fashionable taste for the medieval was much in evidence.

PGPT186 and PGPT367

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PGPT186 and PGPT367 Date: 1992 reproduction of 1857 date plaque Source: photograph by volunteer The plaque showing the date of construction of the fountain had disappeared by 1980 when restoration began. There were, however, several photographs which showed the original (seePGPT137,139,188) and so it was possible to have a reproduction made with the date 1857 […]

PGPT053

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PGPT053 Date 1992 Source Photograph by volunteer 3 young volunteers are shown uncovering one of the many drains alongside the path in the garden. It is notable that neither the flower bed along the edge of the Palm house lawn nor the round bed have yet been restored.

PGPT371

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PGPT371 Date: early 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows the Plantation house still looking much as it did in 1897 (see PGPT067) but the foreground is very different. the flint/brick shed, built in the 1980s, stands where once the gardener’s cottage (see PGPT034) and a fruit store stood. The relative positions of master’s […]

PGPT370

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PGPT370 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer Rockworks (see History and Guide 2009 p 34) became very popular in Victorian gardens, with manuals giving instructions about how to build them using limestone and clinker waste from furnaces or gasworks. A large piece of clinker can be seen at the top of the ‘steps’ here, down […]

PGPT369

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PGPT369 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer The left hand pillar from the propagating house (see History and Guide 2009 p 33). The propagating house can just be seen beyond the fountain in PGPT001, though already in 1897 the pillars were covered with ivy. The pillars were decorated with various Gunton Bros fancy bricks: rose, […]

PGPT323

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PGPT323 Date:1990s Source: photograph by volunteer A visitor making the ascent to the top of the terrace would find continual interest in the designs on the walls. They are amazingly varied and use an eclectic mixture of materials. Thus here a flower pattern has been created from Gunton bricks intended to decorate chimneys (see PGPT011), […]

PGPT322

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PGPT322 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph of one corner the wall of the Italian terrace shows a typical mixture of the materials Henry Trevor used in his garden, in contrast to those used to create the Italian gardens of many wealthy owners of country estates. At Shrubland Park (see PGPT321) the grand […]

PGPT148

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PGPT148 Date: 1990-2000 Source: as PGPT147 This postcard shows one general view of the garden and 3 details – the angel on the ‘window’ (see PGPT096), the ‘fancy’ details of thefountain and the dog’s head on the ‘medieval’ wall. The background here has been constructed with pebble flints – elsewhere variety is provided by using […]

PGPT147

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PGPT147 Date: 1990s (?) Source: Postcard sold by PGPT One of the ways the Trust tried to raise money was by printing and selling postcards. Their first publications in the1980s were of old sepia photographs: this example comes from the second batch, when improvements could be illustrated. Thus the fountain has been cleared, repaired and […]

PGPT293

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PGPT293 Date: 1991 Source: as PGPT050 It was on the same excursion that John Watson took this photograph towards the north.

PGPT098

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PGPT098 Date 1990s Source Plan prepared to illustrate guided walks. The ultimate source for this plan was the O.S 1883/4 map (PGPT082) That map was used by the auctioneers, Spelmans, when they advertised the sale of Henry Trevor’s properties in 1897. On their map the names of the owners of the adjacent properties on the […]

PGPT321

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PGPT321 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by volunteer Shrubland Park near Ipswich may have been an inspiration to Henry Trevor when planning the Plantation garden. Charles Barry was working there 1848-1852, and Pevsner refers to the many Italianate features he added to the house and garden. ‘The W garden carried down in terraces on the model […]

PGPT199

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PGPT199 Date: c1990 Source: photograph by volunteer, probably Allan Sewell The first restoration of the fountain has brought it back to life. It is now ready for the invasion of frogs which congregate every March creating a frog carpet around the surrounding paths and making sure of the next generation.

PGPT185

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PGPT185 Date: 1990 Source: photograph by Allan Sewell, volunteer This photograph of the top of the fountain seems to be one of a series marking the progress of work on the fountain. An article in Ex Fonte no.12 1991 p9 describes the repairs made to the top and installation of a pump.

PGPT320

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PGPT320 Date: 1990s Source: photograph by Sarah Cocke Comparison with PGPT319 reveals what lay beneath the thick covering of ivy. Although inevitably some repairs to the facade were needed, the most obvious reconstruction was of sections of the balustrade. In the 1897 auction particulars this area of the garden is described as ‘The Italian Garden’, […]

PGPT187

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PGPT187 Date: 1990 Source: photograph by volunteer Like PGPT183, this photograph appeared on the back cover of Ex Fonte no.12 1991 and probably shows one of the jollities of an Open Day.

PGPT317

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PGPT317 Date: c1989 Source: photograph by volunteer This photograph shows work in progress. The eastern section of the balustrade has been restored, the western has yet to be tackled. There are no urns on the upper pedestals and the summerhouse lies in the future.

PGPT347

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PGPT347 Date: March 3 1988 Source: photograph by volunteer Bruce Adam This photograph was taken soon after a bus travelling along the Earlham Rd towards the city suddenly slipped into a hole! It happened just opposite the entrance to the Plantation garden – and by coincidence the house in the background is the house which […]

PGPT200

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PGPT200 Date: 1980s(?) Source: photograph by volunteer This appears to show preparations for an event such as the one shown on the back cover of Ex Fonte no.5 1984 or no.9 1988 when a party was held with members dressed in Victorian costume.

PGPT043 and 044

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PGPT043 and 044 Date 1980s Source Photograph by volunteer in PG archive A theory was taken up by some of the volunteers which maintained that much terracotta in the 19c had been limewashed to imitate stone. This theory was acted on in the area at the bottom of the steps down to the lawn from […]

PGPT040, 041, 042

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PGPT040, 041, 042 Date 1989 Source Photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive There was co-operation between the hotelier and the PGPT to restore the balustrade above the retaining wall in front of the hotel.

PGPT037

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PGPT037 Date 1989 Source Photgraph taken by volunteer in PG archive The Plantation house, built by Henry Trevor in 1856. In the early 1980s it became part of ‘The Beeches’ hotel. In this photograph the balustrade along the top of the retaining wall has not yet been restored.

PGPT039

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PGPT039 Date 1980s Source Photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive It can be seen that the fountain wall has been repaired, as has the wall alongside. The fountain wall is built with flints, the side wall with a mixture of flints,plain bricks, and ‘fancy’ Gunton bricks in red and white patterns. The fountain basin […]

PGPT038

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PGPT038 Date 1985 Source Photograph taken by volunteer in PG archive The Italian balustrade is shown here after some work has been done: Much of the ivy covering has been stripped away, and most of the balustrade has been restored. It can be seen that the lawn area is unkempt and full of weeds.

PGPT210

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PGPT210 Date: 1980s Source: photograph in PGPT archive The Plantation garden was built in a quarry, where chalk extraction had succeeded or accompanied mining for flints. These are examples of the fresh flints which can emerge when the soil is penetrated to any depth. Flints were used extensively in building the garden, both as uncut […]

PGPT206 and 207

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PGPT206 and 207 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press From early days the committee aimed at providing enjoyment and social occasions for volunteers and their families. John Watson (see PGPT192) loved to dress up in his top hat and frock coat, so fancy dress was often the order of the […]

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PGPT035, 036 Date 035 early summer 1986, 036 1985 Source Photographs taken by volunteers in the PG archive In 1980 when the work of restoration began the lawn area was a mass of self sown grasses, saplings etc. (cf) When work began on the lawn, a decision was taken to use traditional methods, and so […]

PGPT182

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PGPT182 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The sycamores, ivies etc have been removed, the brickwork in the basin looks trim, and the contrast with PGPT181 shows how much work has been done.

PGPT204

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PGPT204 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer An unknown event was taking place to display what improvements have been made: the balustrading of the Italian terrace has been repaired and a lot of the ivy which had covered the whole structure in 1980 has been removed, revealing the fancy brickwork underneath. Urns have been placed […]

PGPT173

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PGPT173 Date: 1981 Source: photograph by volunteer Editions of Ex Fonte from 1981 onward report on the progress of excavating foundations, drains, paths and beds in the Palm House. Today the outlines are marked by flower beds with attractive planting schemes devised by Marj Wilson (see PGPT097 and History and Guide 2009 p31)

PGPT326

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PGPT326 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The Victorian walled garden at Oxburgh has castellated towers and gateways in the medieval style, as shown here. An HMB plaque (see PGPT324/5) was built in over the doorway. Since the moulded bricks and the chimney stacks of the Hall can be identified as Gunton products we can […]

PGPT325

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PGPT325 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The plaque in this photograph looks identical to the one in the Plantation garden as in PGPT324 – and indeed it is from the same mould. But this plaque is to be found at Oxburgh Hall, where Sir Henry Bedingfeld,6th Baronet, and his wife Margaret, embarked in 1830 […]

GPT289 and PGPT290

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GPT289 and PGPT290 Date: 1980s Source: photographs by volunteers Seeing these photographs side by side makes it easy to compare the plaque from the Plantation garden (PGPT289) with that from Oxburgh Hall (PGPT290). The story of these plaques is told in PGPT324-6.

PGPT324

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PGPT324 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer This is one of the pair of pedestals that stand at the top of the steps of the Italian terrace. It is notable in several ways. Each of the other pedestals that you pass as you ascend the slope has a different design: here the opposing faces of […]

PGPT189

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PGPT189 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by John Watson, volunteer In 1980 the remains of this fountain were found on the lawn beside the Plantation house (as in PGPT014) and removed by John Watson for repair. This work has never been completed and to date (2012) what remains is still in store. There is some mystery […]

PGPT193,194,195,196,197,198

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  PGPT193,194,195,196,197,198 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer (probably John Watson) These photographs, taken during the restoration of the fountain, give details of its construction and workings which are not usually seen! See Ex Fonte no.12 1991 for John Watson’s description of this structure

PGPT192

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PGPT192 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer John Watson, shown here at work on the fountain, became an active member of the PGPT from its early days. He was Chairman 1983-1993 and was made Honorary President in 2003. Bruce Adam (Chairman 2000- 2007) wrote about John in Ex Fonte no.23 2003 and Allan Sewell wrote […]

PGPT191

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PGPT191 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer The brick construction of the fountain basin (see PGPT182,4) is being relined before filling with water.

PGPT190

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PGPT190 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer In the 1980s there was continual work on restoring the fountain which had already become the iconic symbol of the PGPT (see PGPT181/2,184). There are reports in Ex Fonte throughout the 1980s of the progress of the work.

PGPT184

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PGPT184 Date: 1980s Source: photograph by volunteer Work on restoring the fountain continued throughout the 1980s. As in PGPT182, the brickwork of the basin is exposed and it has not yet been lined.

PGPT203

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PGPT203 Date:1984 Source: photograph by courtesy of Eastern Daily Press Much work has been carried out in the 4 years since the Trust was set up (see PGPT 201/2) but the basin has not yet been lined. John Watson (see PGPT192) is the central of the 3 figures and had probably invited the newspaper to […]

PGPT028

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PGPT028 Date:1980s Source:Sketch by PGPT volunteer in PGPT archive This sketch was an attempt to reconstruct the ‘Gothic Alcove’ from the (very obscure) background on the left of PGPT027

PGPT255

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PGPT255 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer Here we see the remains of a thatched rustic summer house which were found on the lawn near the Plantation house in 1980.The ‘swan’ panels on either side of the door were preserved by the PGPT for several years (cf PGPT331), but they eventually deteriorated to the point […]

PGPT252

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PGPT252 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer Allan Sewell This photograph shows the ruinous state of the retaining wall in the south east corner of the level area of the garden in 1980 when the Trust began its work. The most prominent of the mixture of materials are the Gunton Bros spiral chimney bricks, bottom […]

PGPT201 and PGPT202

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PGPT201 and PGPT202 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by volunteer, probably Allan Sewell This image of the fountain basin crumbling and overgrown with young saplings can be contrasted with PGPT199 after the efforts of volunteers had restored it. The rainwater collected in the bottom of the basin explains how generations of frogs had managed to breed […]

PGPT328

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PGPT328 Date: 1980 Source: photograph by Allan Sewell This view looking North from the Italian balustrades toward the house complements PGPT319. In the foreground is part of the ivy mountain covering steps and balustrades, the lawns and paths have disappeared under a covering of saplings, tall grass and brambles.