We are delighted to announce that Historic England has added the Garden at Turn End to the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. The garden is now listed at Grade II.
The three houses (Turn End, Middle Turn and The Turn) and historic buildings within the garden were added to the list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest (commonly called listed buildings) on July 15 1998. This was upgraded to II* in 2006, one of only a handful of post war houses at this grade.
Historic England have also now included the garden at Turn End, designed and created by Peter Aldington from 1965 to 1976, in the Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
- a post-war garden of interlinked informal spaces and garden rooms with naturalised planting around existing trees and orchard, interwoven with the house, it reflects Aldington’s hands-on approach, spatial skills as a designer and deep understanding of materials and plants;
- created in conjunction with the house, it is an expression of the architect’s belief that architecture and landscape design are an indivisible whole;
- this intimate linkage is rare in a later C20 scheme, here devised by the same hand; the houses and garden are exemplary as a model of later C20 intervention in a historic environment and are held in high regard by the architectural and horticultural professions.
- created by a nationally acclaimed architect for himself and his family, it is an evolving garden within the heart of the historic village of Haddenham.
- with the Grade II* listed Turn End, Middle Turn and The Turn, with which it is indivisibly connected.
Historic England champions and protects historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them. The historic interest of Turn End garden will now be established as material planning consideration and will receive special consideration if changes or proposals for development and contemplated. Local authorities are required to consult Historic England over any planning applications they receive which may affect sites on the Register. They are also directed to consult The Gardens Trust on applications which may affect any site on the Register regardless of grade. Additionally, The Register is used by many local planning authorities as the basis for relevant conservation policies in statutory development plans.
Mark Sharratt, Chair of the Turn End Trust said he was delighted that Turn End garden had been awarded Registered Park and Garden status. The Trust, established in 1998, aims to protect the Turn End estate, making it available for the benefit of the wider public.