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    Vernon Lee and the Middleton Estate

    Born in 1856, Vernon Lee, aka Violet Paget (d. 1935), was a Victorian writer whose writings spanned a variety of subjects including art, emotion, aesthetic, travelling and, the supernatural. She was well known during the late 1800s and early 1900s, but fell out of fashion due to her pacifist views. However her works were re-discovered […]

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    Victory and Disaster: Paxton aged 12 aboard HMS Thunderer

      We are familiar with the stories of Sir William Paxton’s later life – especially his time on the Middleton Estate and his creation of one of the most renowned Regency Landscapes of the time…but what about his life as a child? At the age of just 12, Paxton joined the Navy for the first […]

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    Paxton and the Japanese Embassy

    We have just celebrated the re-opening of our beautiful, tranquil and inspiring Japanese Garden. The rains were held at bay whilst the Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Koji Tsuruoka officially opened our restored Japanese Garden on 4th June. But what has this to do with Sir William Paxton, the creator of the Garden’s Regency Waterpark estate? As […]

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    Discover the Heritage Discovery Space

    The Discovery Space has been transformed! Come and find out more about the Regency Restoration Project! Enter our discovery space and discover how the project is progressing and learn about the new findings we have uncovered. Why did Paxton commission one of the finest Picturesque Regency Waterparks of the 18th century? Why does an estate […]

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    Garden Explorers’ Holiday Club

    Calling all Garden Explorers, aged 6-12 years old. Our holiday club is ready for action again on May 28 and May 29

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    From Chainsaws to Charcoal

    We are very lucky here at the Garden to have some amazing supporters. The Patsy Wood Trust, established according to wishes of maverick tree planter and inspirational environmentalist, Patsy Wood, provided the funds to purchase our Exeter Retort, as well as supporting the replanting of our historic parkland tree clumps. This mobile retort provides the […]

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