KELMARSH HALL NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2001
National Gardens Scheme Open Day

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Kelmarsh Hall was designed by James Gibbs and built between 1728 and 1732. The house and gardens were owned by the Lancaster family from 1902 until the estate passed to the Kelmarsh Estate Trust in 1982. The house was originally built for William Hanbury
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The grass terraces, the rows of pleached limes and the wildflower meadow leading down to the lake were designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1936.
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The lakes below the west garden were made by damming the River Ise. On the far side of the lake a 180 yard gap was cut through Shipley Wood in 1933, to create a vista to the distant landscape.
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Most of the remaining gardens are the designs of Nancy Lancaster. The sunken garden was planted with pale and sweetly scented flowers. Behind it was what used to be the drying ground for the laundry and Nancy Lancaster shaped the yew hedges and made a passage through it , planting double herbaceous borders with advice from Norah Lindsay.
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More views of the flower borders
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The well laid out rose garden commands views over open countryside to the village church
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The gardens are now being further renovated by the trust and work is currently being undertaken on restoring the triangular kitchen garden. The house and garden are open most weekends in the summer. This weekend the proceeds from admission were donated to the National Gardens Scheme, which helps a number of charities.
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