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Thomas Bushell, seal bearer to Sir Francis Bacon, was a mining entrepreneur and garden maker active in the mid- 17th century. Bushnell was awarded mining leases in Cardiganshire, Wales by James I in reward for entertaining the King and Queen with a masque at Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. On leaving Cardiganshire in 1642 Bushnell worked in association with the Royal mints at Shrewsbury, Oxford and Bristol, England. Bushnell is best remembered for creating a remarkable garden at Enstone, Oxfordshire, England.