Research blog

Engraving of country house with outbuildings and trees and lawn in foreground

Bolton Hall engraving, R Godfrey, 1775 (Published with kind permission of North Yorkshire County Record Office, ref: EE 76/20)

10th May 2023

The Gardens and Designed Landscape of Bolton Hall, Wensleydale

by Val Hepworth

Explore, in this blog, the development of the designed landscape at Bolton Hall in the Yorkshire Dales.

Painting of a large three storey house, flanked by trees

The Green, Richmond, Yorkshire, the seat of John Yorke Esq by Mr Cuit 1799 (Published with kind permission of the Yorke Archives)

3rd May 2023

Temple Grounds, Richmond: Mr Yorke’s Garden

by Val Hepworth

Explore 600 years of the history of Temple Grounds, aka The Green Estate, and the gardens developed by John Yorke in the 18th century. 

Engraving of birds eye view showing country house and surrounding gardens and trees

Constable Burton by Kip & Knyff, from Britannia Illustrata, 1707 (Published with kind permission of North Yorkshire County Record Office)

26th April 2023

Constable Burton Hall and its Gardens

by Vicky Price

Read all about the history of the designed landscape and Hall at Constable Burton, North Yorkshire.

Painting with country house in its landscape setting, with cattle grazing in foreground

Aske Hall from the south, c.1769-80 by George Cuit (Published with kind permission of the Zetland Collection)

18th April 2023

Aske Hall, Richmond

by Janette Ray

Explore the history of the designed landscape at Aske Hall on the outskirts of the North Yorkshire market town of Richmond.

Title from plan for Sutton Hall

Title from plan by Mickle for Sutton Hall, n.d. Private collection

31st October 2022

Adam Mickle, landscape designer

by Louise Wickham

Introducing Adam Mickle and his work: the designer who shaped many of Yorkshire's designed landscapes between 1787 and 1811

23rd February 2022

Seek and ye shall find...or perhaps not?

by Chris Beevers

Clues to the history of a designed landscape can come from all sorts of sources...

18th February 2022

The plant list of Sir John Reresby

by Chris Webb

On the 11th of April 1642, Reresby of Thrybergh Hall, sat down and made a list of all the plants in his garden...

Sir Thomas Frankland

Portrait of Sir Thomas Frankland, 6th Baronet, 1777, by George Romney. Source.

16th February 2022

Gardening life of Sir Thomas Frankland

by Margaret Mathews

Read how Sir Thomas, a gentleman botanist, experimented at his home, Thirkleby Hall in Yorkshire.

11th February 2022

A glimpse of gardens from the past

by Chris Beevers

Learn about old postcards of gardens and what they reveal

25th November 2021

A History of Gledhow

by Louise Wickham

Explore the history of the Gledhow Estate near Leeds, painted by Turner in the early 19th century and featuring a house attributed to John Carr.