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Woodhurst - The disappearing rock garden (1 of 2)
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Woodhurst - The disappearing rock garden (1 of 2)

This photograph of February 2016 was taken about 40 yards from the Lily Pond at Woodhurst, heading southwards towards the Fish Pond. (See the map attached to picture #1679) It seems fairly clear that the stones and water in the foreground are part of the now neglected landscaping carried out in 1930 during the ownership of Woodhurst by Arthur and Beryl Mountain and their garden staff.
However the mystery concrete construction beyond is not marked on any map and nor does it appear in any of the old photographs of the garden. Suggestions as to its use have included a swimming pool, a fish nursery to stock the lake, and an artificial fish pond to supply the kitchen. The Fish Pond can be glimpsed through the trees beyond the concrete object.
The Large Version is from 1930 and shows the view from the Lily Pond towards the rock garden.
Select Open Document to view five photographs from 1930 of the newly-built rock garden which included a water feature. The water is thought to have flowed through the mystery concrete structure, and onward to the Fish Pond.
The first two photographs are described as the “New rock garden”, the next two as being “Rock garden looking more finished”, and the last as “A very gay bit of rock garden”.

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I have now learned that at some time in the early 1900s a swimming pool was built as a wedding gift for one of the residents.
The details are rather sketchy as to who presented it to whom, but I have been assured that the mystery concrete structure referred to above is what is left of that very swimming pool.
Added by David Pearce on 14 April 2016
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