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Mathern Palace

Introduction

Henry Avray Tipping designed the gardens around the partially-ruined medieval Mathern Palace in the early-20th century. Medieval fishponds in the grounds and parts of the ruined Palace were incorporated into the original design. The garden has well-preserved terracing and structural planting of yew. There is also a sunken garden, originally designed as a rose garden.

Although the site is now a private residence, it is available for hire for weddings and functions.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Telephone

01443 336000

Owners

Philip and Helen Carter

History

Period

Early 20th Century (1901-1932)

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Features & Designations

Designations

  • Conservation Area

  • Reference: Mathern
  • CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales

  • Reference: PGW(Gt) 35
  • Grade: II*

Style

Arts And Crafts

Features

  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The oldest parts of Mathern Palace date from the 15th century but it was much altered over succeeding centuries and declined into a farmhouse. It was remodelled in the early-20th century when some of the ruins were incorporated into the garden.
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  • Arbour
  • Description: A large circular yew arbour planted by Tipping on one of the garden terraces.
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  • Fishpond
  • Description: Two linear medieval fishponds which Tipping brought into the design. One has now been given an irregular outline.
  • Loggia
  • Description: A loggia with wooden supports and a paved area in front of it.
  • Garden Terrace
Key Information

Type

Garden

Purpose

Ornamental Garden

Period

Early 20th Century (1901-1932)

Survival

Extant

References

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