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Seagry House, circa 1925-1930

Former owner:
Wellesley, Clare Florence Mary Lady Cowley 1879-1949
Houlton, Nathaniel
Physical description:
1 folder+ 4 lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United Kingdom, England, Wiltshire, Chippenham
England
Wiltshire
Chippenham
Seagry House (Chippenham, Wiltshire, England)
Date:
1925
1925-1935
circa 1925-1930
Notes:
Built about 1740 by Nathaniel Houlton, Seagry House eventually passed to the earldom of Cowley. Visited in June 1929 during the Garden Club of America's England tour, Seagry House was at the time the home of Clare Florence Mary, Lady Cowley, widow of Henry, Earl Cowley. She continued to live in the house until 1949, when it was destroyed by a fire in which she lost her life. Garden features of the property included a sunken flagstone terrace with naturalized plantings between the stones, a garden pool, and climbing roses against the side of the house. A complete copy of the GCA tour itinerary was printed in the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America (Fourth Series, No. 5), September 1929, pp. 6-25.
Persons associated with the property include Nathaniel Houlton (former owner, circa 1740) and Clare Florence Mary Wellesley, Lady Cowley (former owner, circa 1920-1949).
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
ENG013000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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