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June Garden Visit to Purley Hall Gardens

Wednesday 15th June at 3pm online lecture

Friday 17th June at 2pm Garden Visit 

We are pleased to offer this opportunity to have a guided tour of the grounds of Purley Hall. Purley Hall, Farley Hall and some royal commissions in Windsor are the only properties in Berkshire associated with Charles Bridgeman, the father of the English Landscape Movement.

BEN VILJOEN is a founder member of the Berkshire Gardens Trust.  His interest lies in the landscape gardens of the 18th century. Apart from his work on Purley Hall he has also researched Purley Park, the other stately house in Purley and he has written a book on Humphry Repton’s visit to this property.

This event is in two parts: on Wednesday, Ben Viljoen will give an on-line lecture on the later history of Purley Hall. This is a sequel to his previous lecture on the early history of Purley Hall and will prepare us for the visit two days later. 

We will be having refreshments at Purley Hall in the Pool House and the visit will last about three hours.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please let Janet know as soon as you have booked at   

There is a maximum number of 24 people for this event, restricted to BGT members and their guests (one guest per member), so please book early.


A Zoom link for the lecture will be send to you a few days before the 15th June along with joining/parking instructions.  The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes followed by questions.  The lecture will not be recorded. 

NOTE: The tour will be along paths and across fairly even grassed terrain. Outdoor shoes are recommended. There are toilet facilities at Ben’s house and at the Pool House at Purley Hall. 

Cost: Tickets are £12 each for both members and guests. 

Queries: Please contact Janet by email at   

Photographs courtesy of Ann Betts

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