The history of a landscape park and gardens
Much has been written about Hitchin Priory and the Delmé-Radcliffe family who lived there from 1548 to 1963, but little is known of the Priory Park and gardens. This book fills that gap, tracing their origins from the dissolution of the Priory in 1538 to the present day.
Underlining their importance to the landscape history of Hitchin and North Hertfordshire, it links the local story to that of national figures in garden design such as Nathaniel Richmond and Gertrude Jekyll, which makes the book essential reading for both lovers of Hitchin and of garden history.
About the author
Bridget Howlett is an historian by background and an archivist by profession. She is an active and long-standing member of the Hitchin Historical Society, and has contributed to several books on the history of the town, in addition to editing, in 2000, A Survey of the Royal Manor of Hitchin, 1676 for the Hertfordshire Record Society.