Background to Easton Walled Gardens :: Shared Description

There had been a country estate at Easton since at least 1592 when Sir Henry Cholmeley (1562-1620) moved to Lincolnshire and bought the Manor of Easton. The Elizabethan house was built on a site overlooking the River Witham and, although much altered and enlarged over the years, the essential elements of the house are believed to have survived until the beginning of the 19th Century.

During the early Victorian period rebuilding and modernisation by Sir Montague Cholmeley, second baronet (1802-1874) brought the house up to date. The Hall was described in 1872 as “large and handsome, with elegantly furnished apartments, containing many valuable paintings and other works of art.”

At the start of the Second World War Easton Hall was requisitioned by the army and became home to units of the Royal Artillery and of the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment for four years. As happened to many similar properties requisitioned across Britain, it suffered considerable damage both to the fabric of the building and to the remaining contents, to the extent that live rounds were let off inside the house and grenades were lobbed into the greenhouses as part of combat training.

After the house was handed back to the Cholmeley family it was never lived in as a family home again. After the lead was stolen from the roof, causing major deterioration of the fabric, the house was demolished in 1951 leaving only the Gate House and stables standing. The gardens, dating back to at least the mid 16th Century, were abandoned and by 1990 the roofs on the remaining buildings had fallen in. By 2000 the site of the house and gardens had become more of a woodland than garden with brambles, elder and sycamore completely obliterating the garden plan.

The revival of this "lost" garden has been spearheaded by Ursula Cholmeley and, in late 2001, 18 months of work to clear the site was begun. Tonnes of rubble and felled trees have been removed, the terraces restored, the Gate House and other associated buildings renovated and the greenhouses reinstated but, although the garden is open to the public and is a lovely place to visit, reconstruction work is expected to continue well into the 21st Century.


by Kate Jewell
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SK9226 : Great Camas (Camassia leichtlinii), Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : River Witham, Easton Walled Gardens (5) by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Old Easton Hall by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Elizabethan wall, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : The ornamental bridge, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Steps to the upper terrace, East Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Forge Cottage, the Easton Estate by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : River Witham, Easton Walled Gardens (2) by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : The Pickery, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : The Gate House and associated buildings, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Horse Chestnut trees, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : The Gate House, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Stone wheatsheaf, Gardener's Cottage, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Easton Walled Gardens by David Lally
SK9226 : Wild flower terraces, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Entrance to Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : River Witham, Easton Walled Gardens (1) by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : River Witham, Easton Walled Gardens (4) by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : River Witham, Easton Walled Gardens (3) by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Allium giganteum at Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Looking towards the site of old Easton Hall, Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell
SK9226 : Pedestrian entrance to Easton Walled Gardens by Kate Jewell


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Created: Fri, 6 May 2011, Updated: Fri, 6 May 2011

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