Exploring the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We uncover the history of the people, ideas and events that shaped the West Midlands and the world beyond.
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Issue 8 Spring 2015

Green Spaces, Landscapes and Gardens

The modern landscape of our region has been shaped by parks, gardens and country estates. This beautifully illustrated edition explores some of the best known landscaping projects and reveals other green spaces which have been forgotten but whose ‘shadows’ can still be found in our urban landscape.

Editorial
Malcolm Dick reflects on garden history and the contents of this issue

People’s Parks: Victorian Urban Public Parks in the West Midlands
Paul Elliott
Arboreta to public parks

‘Capability’ Brown and The English Landscape Garden
Laura Mayer
Redesigning the countryside

‘This Peaceful Shade’: The Garden of William Shenstone
John Hemingway
The making of The Leasowes, Halesowen

The Picturesque in Eighteenth-Century Herefordshire
David Whitehead
The county’s importance for garden history

Fisherwick Hall and Park: A Lost Landscape
Dianne Barre
‘Capability’ Brown in Staffordshire

Widow Spinks and her Grotto
Dianne Barre
Corals, shells and minerals in a Derby display

Duddeston’s ‘Shady Walks and Arbours’
Elaine Mitchell
A landscape of pleasure

‘A Fine Crop of Peaches’: The Impact of Metal-Framed Glasshouses
Elaine Mitchell
Industrial creations and garden history

Places to Visit
Guy Sjögren
Historic parks and gardens to visit

DIGGING INTO THE PAST

Sutton Park: A Medieval Landscape
Mike Hodder
From past to present

A LOCAL LIFE

Two Warwickshire Men and the Birth of Botany
Ian Dillamore
Science and garden history

A SENSE OF PLACE

Hagley Park, Worcestershire: Paradise Regained
Joe Hawkins
Restoring a magnificent parkland

OBJECTS IN FOCUS

Wedgwood’s ‘Landscapes with Frogs’
Gaye Blake-Roberts
Catherine the Great’s china

THE VISUAL IMAGE

Reverend D’Ewes Coke, his wife Hannah, and Daniel Parker Coke, MP, by Joseph Wright, Circa 1780-82
Lucy Bamford
A countryside conversation piece

ITEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES

From Chocolate to Charity: The Archives of the Cadbury Trusts
Kevin Roberts
Philanthropic sources

REVEALING THE MUSEUM

The Locksmith’s House
Helen Taylor
Insights into making locks

‘Shabby Towns of Smother Amid Smother’: Polluting the Black Country
Janet Sullivan
Dirt, death and industry

Planting Seeds: Reforming Juvenile Delinquents
Dan Wale
Farming for criminal boys


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Issue 8 Spring 2015