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Thomas Bland (1799-1865) was a self-taught sculptor, painter and composer who came from a local family of Westmorland yeoman farmers. Bland created his garden, at Yew Tree Farm, Reagill, to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1837. He built a central bandstand (since gone) set in a terraced garden where the boundaries were embellished over time with a series of up to eighty sculptures, and many paintings, all created by Bland. The pieces have no overall iconographic scheme and represent a range of subjects. To celebrate the accession of the Queen an annual celebration was held on the terraced lawns. Little is known about Bland himself, although his garden represents an example of the way in which the less well off aspired to the fashions of the rich.

Following Bland's death in 1865 the garden remained part of a working farm, but became neglected. The paintings were all destroyed, the last one having been removed in 1907 (Foster 1985), and many of the sculptures have become eroded. The site remains (2000) in private ownership.

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Other: Princess Victoria , Princess Royal (born 21/11/1840 died 05/08/1901)






boundary wall

The site is enclosed by drystone walls.