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Fonthill House Open Garden in aid of our Local Churches

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Tisbury

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Fonthill House Charity Garden Opening in aid of the local parish churches, and in memory of Clare, Lady Margadale. Sunday 9th May 2021.

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Lord Margadale has kindly agreed to open his gardens on Sunday 9th May 2021 between 1pm - 6pm in aid of the six local parish churches (Chilmark, Chicklade, Fonthill Bishop, Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury & Hindon) and in memory of his mother Clare, Lady Margadale.

Fonthill is usually associated with the writer and collector William Beckford who built his Gothic fantasy house Fonthill Abbey at the end of the 18th century. But it is in fact only one of several important houses to be built on the Estate since the 16th century, all of them eventually consumed by fire or deliberately demolished.

James Morrison, great grandfather of the first Baron (John Morrison, Lord Margadale’s grandfather) became the greatest textile wholesaler in England, a prominent merchant banker and consequently had the second largest non-landed fortune in Britain after Nathan Rothschild. James bought the 1,200 acre Estate from the Farquhar heirs in 1830. It is now 9,000 acres. The present Fonthill House was built by John Morrison in 1973 on the foundations of a former house known as Little Ridge.

With the green fingers of the Head Gardener, Erwin Kraan, and two renowned garden designers, Tania Compton and Marie-Louise Agius, the gardens at Fonthill House are continually improving and developing. There are formal areas, an ornamental and organic kitchen garden, mixed planting of shrubs and herbaceous perennials, bulbs and annuals. There is also small a selection of old and new sculptures including a water feature by William Pye. To the north of the house there are wonderful woodland walks with azaleas, magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, sweet chestnuts and tall majestic oaks.

Entrance to the gardens will be restricted to 50 people per hour. Please have a screen shot of your ticket to show at the gate or a printed copy. Once you are in you can stay as long as you like. Please remember to keep your distance from other visitors. Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads. Unfortunately there is restricted wheelchair access.


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