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Brief description of site

Dewstow House has extensive and intricate rockwork and water gardens, both underground and overground, created at the turn of the 20th century. The underground gardens consist of top-lit chambers linked by tunnels, with pools, channels, fountains and planting pockets. Overground are more rockwork and water gardens and greenhouses. The gardens are currently being restored.

Brief history of site

The gardens were created by Pulham & Son for Henry Oakley between about 1895 and 1920. In 1940, the estate was broken up and the grottoes filled in. In 1960 the pools and rockwork areas were also filled in. In 2000 the gardens were rediscovered and excavation and restoration began.

Location information:

Address: Dewstow House, Caerwent, Monmouthshire, NP26 5AH

Locality: Caldicot

Local Authorities:

Monmouthshire; Caerwent

Historical County: Monmouthshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST 468889
Latitude: 51.5964 Longitude: -2.76943

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open daily from March to October from 10am. Pre-booked tours can also be arranged.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Plant type/environment: rock garden

Site first created: 1895 to 1920

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2.8

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