45 North Bar Without, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 7AG
A very interesting garden to explore, lying behind an outstanding Victorian house with a literary connection to Charles Dickens.
This imposing house, Grade II listed, is named and dated on the mythical beasts above the front door ‘Pine Wood’ and ‘December 1894’. It was altered and embellished by James Elwell, father of the Beverley painter Fred Elwell. James Elwell is responsible ornamenting many buildings in Beverley and the interior of County Hall's council chamber. The front of Pinewood has a coved cornice with stucco foliage. The doorway is topped by a carved panel between the beasts, depicting a toymaker who makes wooden horses, and his blind daughter, an illustration of Charles Dickens’s Christmas story 'The Cricket on the Hearth’ published in 1845, and for a time even more popular than his ‘A Christmas Carol.'
This is a fabulous garden with a range of trees and shrubs that would almost qualify for a botanical garden. Added to that are roses and climbing plants, fruit trees and vegetables. The new owners have spent the Lockdown months restoring the garden to its former glory.
Entry is through the side gate which leads you down the steps into a sunken seating area. Follow the house around to the Mediterranean garden where you will find a herb and vegetable garden set within box hedging and gravel paths. Steps under a mulberry tree lead back to the lawn and then through a wrought iron gate into the orchard, and beyond to the cobbled yard and way out.
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