The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: London to Manchester in the Spring of 1831

London to Manchester

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THE object of this article is to generalise the impressions which we have received from visiting a considerable number of gardens between London and Manchester, the details of which will be given in a future Magazine. (Those places considered aa mansion residences are marked by a star (*), to distinguish them as a class. Having sent our notes to London, book after book, as they were filled, we have probably forgotten to enumerate a number of places at which we called; and we have purposely omitted the names of various seats seen from the public roads, our remarks on which will appear in the details of our tour. The names given above are for the purpose of putting the reader in possession of the data on which we found the opinions that we are now about to express in an off hand manner, and send to the printer as written.) We left Bayswater April 24., and proceeded by Harrow and Pinner to Rickmansworth, where we saw *Moor Park; *Amersham (*Chalfont House, *Shardeloes, *Hampden House, and *Chequers); Aylesbury (*Wootton); Buckingham (Stowe); Banbury (*Wroxton Abbey, Radway Grange, and *Compton Verney); *Warwick (Warwick Castle); Leamington (Radford, Offbury Rectory, and Cullis's Nursery); Kenilworth (*Guy's Cliff and *Stoneleigh Abbey); Coventry (*Whitley Abbey, *Coombe Abbey, the gardens of Mr. Howe and of Mr. Herbert, Allesley Rectory, Weare's Nursery, *Packington Hall); Birmingham (*Aston Park, *Edgbaston Hall, Moor Green, *Moseley Park, Kitwell, Selly Hill, Bourne Brook, Grove House, *Sandwell; the villas or gardens of Mr. Willmore, Mr. Barker, Mr. John Linwood, Mr. George Hadley, Mr. Godwin, Mrs. Merry, Mr. Dugdale Houghton, Miss Moore, the Rev. J. Corrie, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Clark, and a great many others; the nurseries of Mr. Pope, Mr. Yates, Mr. Picken, Mr. Evans, Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Beech, and Mr. Brunton, and the Frederick Street nursery; the market-garden of Mr. Mist; the subscription bowling-green at Edgbaston; and the ground destined for the garden of the Birmingham Botanical and Horticultural Society, for which, at the request of the Society, we formed a plan, which we feel perfectly confident will render it the first botanical and horticultural garden in England); Bromsgrove (Grovely House, *Hewel Park, and Mr. Maund's garden); West Bromwich (the gardens of Mr. Smith and Mr. Edwin Bullock); Dudley (*Hinley, Dudley Castle, the Priory, Tansley Hill, the Trindle, *the Ellowes, and the villas or gardens of Miss Parsons, Mr. M. Houghton, Mr. Thos. Badger, Mr. Isaac Badger, Mr. Bourne, Mr. Jos. Bourne, Mr. Walter Williams, and Mr. Fellowes; the public bowling-green at the Trindle, Pilsbury's nursery at Wombourne; and the early potato grounds, where several acres of potatoes are forced by the spontaneous combustion of coal in the old coal mines underneath); Kidderminster, (*Lea Castle, *Prestwood, *Enville, and *Arley Hall); Stourbridge (*Hagley and the Leasowes); Penn (the gardens of Mrs. Jukes and of Mr. Deakin); Wolverhampton (Oxley House, *Chillington Hall, the villas and gardens of Mr. Wynne, Mr. Pearson, Miss Scott, &c., and the nurseries of Mr. Lowe); Stafford (Spring Vale, Trentham, and *Barlaston Hall); Cheadle (*Heath House, Heybridge, and Platt's nursery); Farley (Alton Towers, and *Wootton Lodge); Ash bourne (*Illam Hall, and Dove Dale); Bakewell (Haddon Hall, Chatsworth, Middleton Dale); Castleton; Chapel in le Frith (*Lyme Park); Stockport (Wood Bank); Manchester (the gardens of the Botanical and Horticultural Society, Smedley Old Hall, Broughton Old Hall, Broughton New Hall, *Heaton Park, Priory, Lark Hill, Buele Hill, the Hope, Spring Wood, *Trafford Park; the villa of William Bow, Esq., at Lower Broughton; Cunningham's nursery, Faulkner's nursery, and a number of other places, besides market-gardens, the comparative merits of which will be given with the continuation of this article in our next Number). In generalising the gardening or agricultural information derived from a tour through any country, the first object should always be to state the natural history of that country; because on soil, surface, and climate is founded all vegetable culture. It may seem almost trifling, to notice the geology of a tour of a few miles in one's own country; but we do so, as we do many other things in this Magazine, for the sake of inducing the young gardener to think scientifically on every subject connected with his profession or general welfare.