While most of Old Durham Gardens are open 365 days a year, entry to the Upper Walled Garden and the gazebo is only possible during Heritage Open Days, Friends’ twice-weekly work days and by prior arrangement. The notes here cover details of the garden restoration, gazebo and its interior. The planting scheme here is typical of the early C18, when we know the gazebo was remodelled. Pyramidal yews are set in a formal grid of narrow beds, planted with popular plants of the period (in 2015 to be fully restored shortly) The gazebo was completed prior to 1665, then remodelled in the early 18th century, when it was squared, raised and given a pyramidal roof. Outside new doors and window were fitted, and new panelling inside with a fireplace and china cupboard alcove.
To the north of the gazebo, on private land, lies the site of the manor house (10 on sketch) and its front garden. The centre of the house lies on the central axis of Durham Cathedral. Only small ruined fragments of 17th century doors and window openings survive from the house. The white house to the north is the Old Pineapple Inn which incorporates part of an earlier garden house, sketched by Samuel Grimm around 1780. (Note: this is all private land).
Thank you for visiting Old Durham Gardens. We hope you enjoyed the tour!
If you would like to know more about the gardens, would like to make a donation towards the continuing restoration work, or may be would like to become a Friend, see details on www.olddurhamgardens.co.uk