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Walled Kitchen Garden, Formerly Belonging to Hale House, New Forest

Description: Walled Kitchen Garden, Formerly Belonging to Hale House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 January 2006
Building ID: 1419243

OS Grid Reference: SU1854918574
OS Grid Coordinates: 418549, 118574
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9663, -1.7372

Locality: New Forest
Local Authority: New Forest District Council
County: Hampshire
Postcode: SP6 2RD

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Listing Text

Walled kitched garden, formerly belonging to Hale House


Walled kitchen garden, formerly belonging to Hale House, built c1790 for the May family of Hale Park, extended C19. PLAN: Extensive walls built on a S facing slope, enclosing an overall area of c150m x 60m. The walled enclosures comprise 2 large, square gardens and a narrower 'side' or ';slip' garden on the E side.

DESCRIPTION: Red brick laid in English bond with some burnt headers, 3m or higher with curved coping. The tall northern stretch has pilasters at regular intervals to the rear. The intermediate walls have cambered and round-headed openings. The western wall was originally built in mud or cob; this has mainly been rebuilt in replica and has tiled copings, and is of lesser interest. The eastern- and western-most sections of garden were enclosed on the S side in 1884; this wall is in red brick in English bond with black tiles to the coping. The central compartment is open on the south side.

HISTORY: The walls enclosed the former kitchen garden belonging to Hale Park (qv), and were built c1790 after the estate was sold to the May family in 1788, possibly replacing an earlier kitchen garden nearer to the house. They were originally open on the S side, as was commonly the practice at the bottom of a slope in order to allow 'roll-off' of frost.

The Garden Cottage is not included in the listing.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: This is a substantial and well-preserved survival of a walled kitchen garden, formerly belonging to Hale House (qv), which forms an integral part of Hale Park, a Grade II* registered historic landscape. The walls also have group value with the Rectory, Queen Street (qv).

SOURCES: Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Hampshire,1967, pp 262-3;
Susan Campell, Walled Kitchen Gardens, 1998; The Walled Kitchen Garden at Hale, January 2003

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

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