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We offer a scheme to assist Yorkshire schools in developing garden areas or setting up/enhancing gardening.


We research and record locally significant historic designed landscapes in Yorkshire that are not on Historic England’s Register.


We give advice on planning and other conservation issues relating to Yorkshire’s historic designed landscapes.

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Next event
Day visit

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

An illustrated talk and guided walk

Sewerby Hall is Yorkshire’s uniquely sited historic park and garden in a dramatic clifftop position. With its spectacular views over Bridlington and the Bay it has a long history from 1086 when it was a manorial estate held by the count of Mortain. Having passed through various families it was acquired in 1714 by John Graeme I, a Bridlington merchant and the Graeme’s held the estate for 220 years. John Graeme III inherited Sewerby in 1798 and having married in succession two wealthy heiresses and inheriting some money from his father he set about designing his landscape setting for the Georgian house and making additions to the building.  

After coffee and biscuits, Val Hepworth and Caroline Kernan will lead the day explaining the developments at Sewerby and guiding members outside in the afternoon. There is no evidence that a ‘well-known’ name was employed by Graeme, but it is likely he was influenced by other landowners in his social circle. Sewerby is something of a hybrid, not a truely rugged picturesque landscape, but incorporating Brownian clumps, belts and picturesque use of the sea. There are distinctly Reptonian features, mid 19th century Victorian aspects and the walled kitchen garden appears built with three compartments on the 1854 OS Map.  Afterwards there will be an opportunity to visit Sewerby Hall. A Listed Grade I house it underwent a total restoration in 2013-2014 and has been re-presented as an Edwardian Country house, circa 1910. The rooms are furnished with impressive pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as other important collections.

Organiser: Val Hepworth

Tickets cost: £18.00 non-members £22.00 Lunch is available at the Clock Café or bring a packed lunch.


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