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Ralph Hancock - Summary


Hancock Clarence Henry Ralph

Date of Birth: 02/07/1893

Date of Death: 30/08/1950

Period Active Earliest Date: 1927

Period Active Latest Date: 1950

Gender: male

Nationality: Welsh

Notable dates

  • Designed garden for HRH Princess Victoria at Coppins, Iver, Bucks 1927

  • Constructed the "Garden of Nations" and the Promenade on Fifth Avenue at the Rockefeller Centre, New York 1935

  • Built roof garden at Derry and Toms, now Kensington Roof Gardens 1938

  • Built gardens at Twyn-yr-Hydd, Margam, Glamorganshire 1948

Occupation: garden designer


Ralph Hancock was born Clarence Henry Ralph Hancock in Cardiff on 2 July 1893. 

He served in World War I, being promoted from Private to 2nd Lieutenant, but was wounded and invalided out. He married in 1917, and his son, Bramley Hancock, who later joined him in his business, was born the following year.

He designed a number of important gardens including the "Garden of Nations" and the Promenade on Fifth Avenue at the Rockefeller
Centre, New York in 1935 , the roof garden at Derry and Toms in Kensington, London (now the Kensington Roof Garden) in 1938 and a roof garden at Windsor Castle. He also designed and built a sunken garden at Ferrining in Sussex for Edward Hulton, the newspapaer magnate.

He was a regular Gold Medal winner at Chelsea and exhibitor in the Ideal Home Exhibitions both before and after World War II.

Hancock died in London on 30 August 1950.

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