United Kingdom, England, Oxfordshire, Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Courtenay Manor House (Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England)
Although various parts of the Sutton Courtenay Manor House were built between the 13th through 17th centuries, development of its gardens did not occur until the early 20th century. Norah Bourke Lindsay, who became an influential garden designer in England after World War I, lived in the house and created its gardens, which demonstrate the influence of Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson. The property was visited by the Garden Club of America on June 11, 1929, during its English garden tour. At that time the property was in Berkshire, but in 1974 county boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. It is not known whether the six lantern slides in the Archives of American Gardens collection were produced from images taken during the tour or whether they were acquired separately. Dating of the individual images is also uncertain and is based on the best available information. 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 garden include Norah Bourke Lindsay (former owner and garden designer, 1895-1948).