Stephen Switzer - pioneer of the English landscape garden
From the 1720s Switzer worked from a small-scale practice based in Westminster. Having married Elizabeth (further details of whom are unknown) he became a seedsman, running a lucrative trade from premises at Westminster Hall. He soon became a public figure by writing widely on the subject of improvement, dealing more specifically with fertilisers, hydraulics and beneficial legumes (Brogden 2004).
Switzer died on 8 June 1745 at his home in Millbank and was buried five days later at St Margaret's Westminster. He died a rich man having had a significant influence on the creation and form of designed landscapes in the early part of the 18th century.