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The Nelson Garden

Introduction

The layout of this 18th-century townhouse garden remains more or less intact. It has historical connections with Lord Nelson, and a mid-19th-century garden pavilion which replaces the one in which he sat. The garden is largely lawn with a perimeter gravel path and informal planting.The garden was formerly that of 18 Monnow Street. It is divided from that building by security fencing.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Open via the National Gardens Scheme. Visit http://www.ngs.org.uk/ for specific opening dates and times.

Directions

Accessed from town centre parking. The present entrance is via a door, tunnel and rising steps at the south-east corner of the garden.

Owners

The Nelson Garden Trust

History

Period

  • Late 18th Century
  • 18th Century
Features & Designations

Designations

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

  • Reference: PGW (Gt) 57 (MON)
  • Grade: II
  • CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales

  • Reference: 18 Monnow Street
  • Grade: II
  • CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales

  • Reference: Lord Nelson's seat, Monnow Street
  • Grade: II

Features

  • Summerhouse
  • Description: An open-fronted timber building set against a brick boundary wall and standing on a platform about 5 metres long. The wooden roof has baluster rails and is decorated with 16 circular reflecting plaques. Four round columns of black painted wood support the front, and a bench along the rear wall incorporates what is said to have been Nelson's seat in the earlier summerhouse.
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Key Information

Type

Town Garden

Purpose

Ornamental Garden

Principal Building

Terraced House

Period

Late 18th Century

Survival

Extant

Hectares

0.3

Open to the public

Yes

References

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