Turn End's garden now on Historic England's Garden's Register

Plan of Turn End by Ronald Wilson

Plan of Turn End by Ronald Wilson

We are delighted to announce that on 30 November 2017 Historic England decided to add 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:

Design interest:

  • 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.

Historic interest:

  • 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.

Group value:

  • with the Grade II* listed Turn End, Middle Turn and The Turn, with which it is indivisibly connected. 

You can find out more about the list entry at Historic England's website.