MEM24810 - Post-medieval walled garden east of Dunster Castle (Monument)
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A walled garden is depicted at the bottom of Dunster Castle mound in a painting by Wood in 1735. A plan of the feature was also drawn in c.1750. At this time, the Castle estate was in the hands of Dorothy Luttrell, who employed Sir James Thornhill as an interior decorator (and probably architect). The latter often collaborated with Charles Bridgeman, the Royal Gardener, who may or may not have been involved in the scheme at Dunster. The garden had a central walk, flanked by square ponds or plats, with ornamental entrance gates and a two storey garden pavilion. Some of the features within the garden have been picked up during a geophysical survey in 2004. It appears the garden may have been altered when the castle was occupied by Henry Fownes Luttrell, after 1747; he may also have later been responsible for the removal of the garden.  The National Trust HER record for the site notes that the garden has been located through two phases of geophysical survey work. 
- <1>XY SEM7394 Report: Felus, K. + Phibbs, J.. 2004. Dunster Castle, Somerset: A Survey of the Historic Landscape. Volume I: Development and Analysis. pp 16, 17-18, 18-19, 20, Figures 7, 8, 29, 48. [Mapped feature: #46375 Approximate location of garden, Figure 29]
- <2> SEM8305 Archive: National Trust. National Trust’s archaeological and historic building database. 119727; MNA141394.
|Grid reference||SS 9934 4355 (point)|
|Civil Parish||DUNSTER, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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- https://heritagerecords.nationaltrust.org.uk/HBSMR/MonRecord.aspx?uid=MNA141394 (National Trust HER entry: MNA141394)
- National Trust HER Record: MNA141394
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Mar 3 2020 3:30PM
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