The Garden Guide

Lamport Hall and Gardens

A mainly eighteenth century house with a park and nineteenth century garden, on the site of a seventeenth century house and garden. There is an 'Italian garden', made by Sir Charles Isham, with a large rockery. Brent Elliot writes that 'In 1881, an engraving was published showing a toy monkey swinging from one of the miniature trees, and by the 1890s the rockery was swarming with miniature china figures, mostly gnomes, of continental provenance. . . This is the first recorded appearance of gnomes in an English garden, and the motive for their addition was religious. Isham was an ardent spiritualist'. (Victorian Gardens, p 192-3)

Head Gardener's Comment

Famed for its classical John Webb frontage and as the home of the garden gnome!

Photograph © Lamport Hall
Photograph © Lamport Hall

Lamport Hall, Lamport, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, NN6 9HD

Gardens only open from 1st March Wednesdays and Thursdays 1pm-4pm. Hall and Gardens open from 1st April Wednesdays and Thursdays 1pm-4pm. Access to Hall via guided tours only at 1.45pm and 2.30pm. Garden tours every first Wednesday of the month at 1.15pm. Also non guided tours of the house on Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays plus October 12/13 (last admission 3.15pm)

Hall and Gardens: Adult £9.00 Seniors £8.50 Child (11-18) £4.00 Gardens only!: Adult £6.00 Seniors £5.50 Child (11-18) £3.00 HHA members free

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