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GALLERY 4 - THE GROUNDS AND QUEEN KATHERINE'S KNOT GARDEN

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Plan of the Estate as it was in the 16th Century. The 4 fish ponds have now been joined into one big one

1.   Plan of the Estate as it was in the 16th Century.  The 4 fish ponds have now been joined into one big one and the Knot Garden now occupies part of the area marked "Outer Court & Bowling Green".

A more modern plan of the Estate.

2.   A more modern plan of the Estate.

Plan for the construction of the Knot Garden.

3.   Plan for the construction of the Knot Garden.

Clearance of the area to be transformed in to the Knot Garden.

4.   Clearance of the area to be transformed in to the Knot Garden.

     A good view of The Great Tower and St Mary's Church taken during the clearance of the area to be transformed in to the Knot Garden.

5.   A good view of The Great Tower and St Mary's Church taken during the clearance of the area to be transformed in to the Knot Garden.

This knot has been prepared ready for planting.

6.   This knot has been prepared ready for planting.

A knot planted.

7.  A knot planted.

 

Several knots have been planted and are srting to grow.

8.  Several knots have been planted and are starting to grow.

A good view of the Great Tower and some of the knots.

9.  A good view of the Great Tower and some of the knots.

The wheelchair lift being installed on the mound.

10.   The wheelchair lift being installed on the mound.

Another view of the wheelchair lift being installed. By 2004 it had fallen into disrepair and it was removed.

11.  Another view of the wheelchair lift being installed.  By 2004 it had fallen into disrepair and it was removed.

Another view of the newly planted knots.

12.  Another view of the newly planted knots.

The Fleur-de-Lis knot

13.  The Fleur-de-Lis
knot.

Bishop Russell's coat of arms is depicted in this knot.

14.  Bishop Russell's coat of arms is depicted in this knot.

The Great Tower and Inner Gatehouse with some of the knots - May 2002.

15.  The Great Tower and Inner Gatehouse with some of the knots - May 2002.

An unusual view, from the roof of the Inner Gatehouse, of the Knot Garden and wall dividing it from St Mary's churchyard. The wall nearest to the Gatehouse can seen to be leaning in towards the churchyard. Repairs are planned to take place in 2005/06.

16.  An unusual view, from the roof of the Inner Gatehouse, of the Knot Garden and wall dividing it from St Mary's churchyard.  The wall nearest to the Gatehouse can seen to be leaning in towards the churchyard.  Repairs are planned to take place in 2005/06.

Replanting of this knot was undertaken in May 2002.

17.  Replanting of this knot was undertaken in May 2002.

The Inner Gatehouse seen from the Knot Garden.

18.  The Inner Gatehouse seen from the Knot Garden.

View of the Knot Garden from the roof of the Inner Gatehouse.

19.  View of the Knot Garden from the roof of the Inner Gatehouse.

Another view of the Knot Garden from the roof of the Inner Gatehouse.

20.  Another view of the Knot Garden from the roof of the Inner Gatehouse.

The Outer Gatehouse and grounds viewed from the roof of the Inner Gatehouse taken during the Friends of Buckden Towers Specialist Plant Sale in May 2002.

21.  The Outer Gatehouse and grounds viewed from the roof of the Inner Gatehouse taken during the Friends of Buckden Towers Specialist Plant Sale in May 2002.

General view of the entrance to the Knot Garden with its wrought iron gate.

22.  General view of the entrance to the Knot Garden with its wrought iron gate.

A closer view of the entrance gate showing the Queen's Crown and a pomegranate.

23.  A closer view of the entrance gate showing the Queen's Crown and a pomegranate.

One of the volunteer gardeners tending a knot in the heat - July 2003.

24.  One of the volunteer gardeners tending a knot in the heat of July 2003.

Restoration of the moat in front of the Inner Gatehouse.  The moat had been filled in during Arthur Marshall's ownership of the estate in the 1870s.  Once excavated, it was planted with Ajuga Reptans to simulate water,  However, this plant was not a great success and the moat has now been returned to , easier to maintain, grass.

An excavator being used to dig out the moat.

25.  An excavator being used to dig out the moat.

An idea of the size of the problem in clearing the moat can be seen in this picture.

26.  An idea of the size of the problem in clearing the moat can be seen in this picture.

The rear of St Mary's Church, St Hugh's Church, its 2 chapels and the Victorian House can be seen in this picture taken during dredging of the lake by the National Rivers Authority.

27.  The rear of St Mary's Church, St Hugh's Church, its 2 chapels and the Victorian House can be seen in this picture taken during dredging of the lake by the National Rivers Authority.

Lake Clearance and Restoration

Volunteers clearing access to the lake.

28.  Volunteers clearing access to the lake.

Volunteers clearing access to the lake.

29.  Volunteers clearing access to the lake.

Volunteers clearing access to the lake.

30.  Volunteers clearing access to the lake.

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