WOULD you believe that this picture is
the walled garden behind Townsend House? Mind you, this is as it was in 1913.
Compare the idyllic scene
with the images of the garden today on these pages - and on the
Nantwich Walled Garden Society website too, of course.
Unless styles of gardeners'
clothing has changed greatly, the picture must have been especially posed
the residents of Townsend House, maybe. Note the dog lying between the
Nantwich historian Andrew Lamberton
got in touch with me when I was Web Editor of the NWGS website at a
time when I was seeking pictures of the garden in its heyday.
This one had been used in "Lost
Buildings Around Nantwich" by Andrew and his co-writer, the late
Robin Gray, in an appendix for their first book, "Lost Buildings in
It is understood these
books are no longer in print but they sometimes appear on-line for large
sums of money.
The caption to this picture in the book
reads: "A photograph taken around 1913 showing
Walter and Caroline Davies outside the bungalow in the garden behind
Townsend House, Welsh Row, Nantwich."
The rooftops behind the bungalow are
houses in King's Lane. (See the section of the garden as it is
Mr Davies was a
gardener and grew vegetables in