Talk – The History of the Walled Garden at the Heritage Centre by John Miller and AGM

Date: 14th October 2021
Times: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pendle Heritage Centre

We intend to have a very swift AGM followed by a talk by John Miller long associated with the Heritage Centre who will tell us about the history of what has been said to be an outstanding Heritage Garden. There are trees, plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables being grown now that would have been growing there in the early days of the buildings.

Designed as a kitchen garden in the late 18th century and lovingly restored in the 1980s it’s now maintained by the centre’s own gardeners, ably supported by volunteers some of them from the Friends (but they always need more!).  Designed and planted with traditional varieties it’s a wonderful opportunity to work in such historic surroundings so come along and volunteer.

Red Flowering Broad Beans. Attribution: Emma Walker

Originally this would have been a kitchen garden with herbs, fruit trees, vegetables and maybe even a few scented flowers to help mask the unpleasant smells in a less sanitary world than we now live in.  At about this time the house was extended and updated meaning that even in cold weather the garden could be enjoyed through the new sash windows.

The garden walls are critical to its success acting as wind breaks and storage heaters to protect the tender fruit trees as well as keeping unwelcome visitors (both human and animal) from entering.

Roses in Pendle Heritage Centre Garden. Attribution: Emma Walker

The current garden is newly created in an eighteenth century style combining ‘the useful with the sweet – the profitable with the pleasant…’, unlike the often utilitarian kitchen gardens of today.

Salads were extremely popular at this time but also consider that the mistress of the house acted as doctor, nurse, chemist and perfumier in the days before patent medicines and mass produced products!  She made mouthwashes, medicines, disinfectants, perfumes and cosmetics as well as presiding over the kitchen.  In the still room she  prepared the ingredients taken from roots, skins, leaves and flowers before drying and distilling them.

Admission: Free to all and includes light refreshments.

Car Parking: Free for the first hour then 50p per hour.