A History of Preston

in Hertfordshire

Viewed from living rooms on the west wing of the mansion is the formal rose garden (above and right) - ‘one of the finest collaborations between Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.


In the midst of the paved garden is Father Time, an old leaden figure, silvery-white and armed with a scythe and hour glass. The rose garden is acclaimed for its elegant brickwork.


In 1981, a pupil who attended the Princess Helena School described how the garden could still ‘provide peace and seclusion’ amidst the school girls.

To the north of the west wing are a pair of garden houses, divided by pillared loggia (above). The garden rose to a lawn and brilliant flowerbeds, flanked by raised terraces. Steps and pergolas covered with vines completed the picture.

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