Martyr Worthy Minor 5812

Martyr Worthy, England, Hampshire, Winchester

Brief Description

During the sale of the main house in 1978-9, the grounds were divided up so that the Arts and Crafts garden, the small parkland area to the north and the gardener's cottage were retained by a Trust. The old entrance drive now leads only to the old gardener's cottage, now called Martyr Worthy Minor.

History

In a meadow to the east of Martyr Worthy Place, the owner, Miss Christian, created a new walled garden in an Arts and Crafts style. The third edition 25\" Ordnance Survey map (1909) shows this garden. Part of these gardens are now run as a nursery supplying agapanthus commercially.

Detailed Description

Part of the gardens are now run as a nursery supplying agapanthus commercially by a member of the Ffennell family. In 1986, restoration work was carried out to the Arts and Crafts garden and further work was completed in 1994. There are no records of the original design of the Arts and Crafts garden, but it appears that much of it remains in its original form, including the yew hedges, brick walls, steps, a raised terrace with a brick piered pergola and summerhouse with white portico, similar to the entrance to the house. There are wrought iron gates and a raised semi-circular brick terrace ‘theatre'. An additional walled garden containing a swimming pool and arched brick ‘folly' or seat was constructed in the 1930s. Closer to the gardener's cottage there is a listed clock house built in 1912.

It has been suggested that the features of the Arts and Crafts garden here bear some similarity with those in the garden at Otterbourne House and both houses were owned by members of the Christian family. It is not known who designed either garden, though the summerhouse at Martyr Worthy is stylistically similar to parts of the main house and therefore, this and other structures could be attributed to the architects, Cancellor and Hill.

Features

Style

  • Arts And Crafts
  • Cottage (featured building)
  • Description: Gardener?s cottage.
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  • Hedge
  • Description: Yew hedges.
  • Wall
  • Description: Brick wall.
  • Garden Terrace
  • Description: Raised terrace.
  • Pergola
  • Description: Brick piered pergola.
  • Summerhouse
  • Description: Summerhouse with white portico.
  • Gate
  • Description: Wrought iron gates
  • Terrace
  • Description: Raised semi-circular brick terrace `theatre?.
  • Garden Building
  • Description: Close to the gardener?s cottage there is a listed clock house built in 1912.
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Steps
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Itchen Valley
History

Detailed History

The Ffennell family bought Martyr Worthy Place in 1926 and made further additions to the Arts and Crafts garden. They sold the main house in 1978-9. However, the grounds were divided up so that the Arts and Craft garden, the small parkland area to the north and the gardener's cottage were retained by a Trust set up by the Ffennell family. A new entrance drive to the cottage was created away from the gardener's cottage across the park leaving the old entrance drive to lead only to the old gardener's cottage now called Martyr Worthy Minor.

Period

  • Early 20th Century (1901-1932)
References

Contributors

  • Hampshire Gardens Trust

  • Janet Hurrell

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