Thursday 29 April 2021 7:30pm-8:30pm
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Title From one great plague to another – the history of the superb Euston Hall garden
Abstract In August 2020, when the pandemic rules were relaxed, CGT members were kindly offered the opportunity of wandering around the glorious garden of Euston Hall in Suffolk. We were given the place to ourselves for three hours; maps of the grounds were left on a table by the entrance and we were permitted to picnic in the grounds. Out of a beautiful summer came one day of mist, murk and drizzle – the silence was palpable, as it must have been in the days of the Great Plague of 1665, when the Hall was first built and the gardens begun.
Walk in the steps of John Evelyn, William Kent, Capability Brown – and a mystery individual – a man who was to engineer the water features in that showcase of C17 gardens, Versailles.
Our Speakers Steve is an engineer by background, an inventor by profession and the vice-Chairman of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Windmill and Watermill Section – thus explaining his interest in the fascinating watermill at Euston Hall. Pippa’s primary research was into 1903’s French parliamentary history; she lectured in French, Russian and European History before retiring, and is now free to indulge her passion for garden history. Inevitably the French connection will figure in the talk.