Gazetteer Project – Initial List of Parks and Gardens

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This list, also known as the BGT depository of parks and gardens, consists of over 250 properties in Berkshire.

The list was compiled from published sources. It was not intended to be selective, the only requirement being that a park or garden in Berkshire has been mentioned in a published source and the inclusion of a park or garden on this list does not mean that it will necessarily appear in the gazetteer.

Only a very basic set of information was collected for this list: the local authority and parish in which the property is located and the published sources in which it is referenced.

Here are the published sources used together with their selective criteria.

The Gardens of Britain, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Befordshire & Hertfordshire, 1978
Richard Bisgrove in association with the RHS

Selection criteria: all the gardens open to the public

Bibliography of British & Irish Gardens, 1984, with correction 1988, 1996, 1988
Ray Desmond (former Chief Librarian at Kew, Honorary Librarian of the GHS)

Selection criteria/procedure: the principle references in horticultural literature, county histories, topographical works, diaries & letters

Good Parks Guide 2006-2007
Published by Green Space with help from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund
Selection procedure: All local authorities were contacted and they submitted the parks and gardens that they were most proud of.

Parks & Gardens UK, current (Aug/Sept 2009)
On-line database at the University of York supported by the AGT

Selection criteria/procedure: Parks & Gardens UK do not spell out a strict set of criteria but consistently uses the phrase ‘historic designed landscapes’. It operates as a not-for-profit company set up by the AGT and the University of York and provides public access to the information provided by the 37 gardens trusts and other heritage organisations such as English Heritage

English Heritage, current (27 August 2009)

Selection criteria: Those sites which English Heritage consider to be of special historic interest – the detailed selection criteria is included at the end of this paper.

The Yellow Book 2002 to 2009

Published annually by The National Gardens Scheme

Selection criteria: Included by application to the NGS, must have at least 45 minutes of interest, in some cases groups of gardens are included.

Andrew Radgick, a member and Gazetteer volunteer extracted all the Berkshire entries from these Yellow Book for the Initial List.

Designer Sources

Gertrude Jekyll: Gardens of a Summer Afternoon , 1982, by Jane Brown
Lancelot Brown: Capability Brown, 1975, by Dorothy Stroud
Humphry Repton: Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England, 1999, by Stephen Daniels
Charles Bridgeman: Charles Bridgeman & the English Landscape Garden, 2002, by Peter Willis

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