The Great Fountain Garden

The Great Fountain Garden (HM28EM)

Location: Molesey, England KT8 9AU Greater London
Country: United Kingdom
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N 51° 24.182', W 0° 20.157'

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The Great Fountain Garden was a magnificent baroque formal garden, created by Daniel Marot for William III (r 1689-1702) and Mary II (r 1689-1694) to frame Henry VIII's hunting park.
Thirteen fountains
The French architect Daniel Marot designed 13 fountains set in intricate 'broderie' (embroidery) beds of flowers, grass and coloured gravels. The fountains never worked well and all but one were swept away after Mary's sister, Anne became Queen in 1702. She disliked the garden's expense and its over-elaborate design. She also hated the smell of box hedginh and had it uprooted and replaced with closely clipped yew trees and gravel paths.
'... the King also directed the laying of the pipes for the fountain and... increased the number to them after the first design.'     Daniel Defoe, A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, 1724
Yew trees grow ... and grow ...
Royalty abandoned living at the palace in 1760 and George III's Chief Gardener, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown decided to stop clipping the topiary - such formal gardens were out of fashion and it also saved his own money. The stunted yews from Queen Anne's garden began to grow and grow.
After the First World War gardeners returned to clipping these magnificent

trees, turning them into giant toadstool shapes. Our gardeners continue to clip these 300-year-old trees every summer.
HM NumberHM28EM
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Date Added Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 4:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 685296 N 5698013
Decimal Degrees51.40303333, -0.33595000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 24.182', W 0° 20.157'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 24' 10.92" N, 0° 20' 9.42" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 42 Hampton Ct Way, Molesey England KT8 9AU, GB
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