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Brief description of site

St Pauls Walden Bury has an early-18th-century formal Baroque garden within a woodland garden in the 1730s Forest style, covering about 16 hectares. The original design has been preserved, with the addition of 20th-century gardens of about 3 hectares.

Brief history of site

After 1700 the site was bought by Edward Gilbert, who built a house around 1730, constructing ornamented formal pleasure grounds in adjacent woodland. Mary Eleanor Bowes (died 1800) inherited the estate in the late-18th century. She was a renowned botanist and may have improved the gardens during her occupation. The gardens and pleasure grounds were restored from the 1930s to the 1960s, with work by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe.

Location information:

Address: St Paul's Walden Bury, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 8BP

Locality: Stevenage

Local Authorities:

Hertfordshire; North Hertfordshire; St Paul's Walden

Historical County: Hertfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 166 Grid Ref: TL188217
Latitude: 51.8812 Longitude: -0.275456


5 miles south of Hitchin on the B561.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Visits are by appointment only. Please telephone 01 438 871218.

Visitor information:

Parking. WCs. Disabled access. Teas. Dogs on lead only.

Key information:

Form of site: formal garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Plant type/environment: woodland garden

Site Style : Baroque

Site first created: 1700 to 1730

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 50

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