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Poetic and Landscape Retreats: Garden Grottoes and Shell Houses.

A series of illustrated talks based on personal travelogues, photographs, prints and research.

A poet and a landscape specialist research shell houses, grottoes, garden features and literary retreats.

By Gerald and Margaret Hull


Margaret and her husband Gerald have catalogued 5 years of travelling through Great Britain & Ireland visiting the sites of over 60 shell houses & grottoes. The West Country and the work of Joseph & Josiah Lane has been a particular fascination.

Our illustrated talks ( of between 50-80 minutes ) are often witty, always informative and individually crafted to audience & specific subject.

2016 has seen visits to grottoes at Twickenham, Crowe Hall, Fonthill, Stowe, Chatsworth, Holkham, Old Wardour, Charlemont and shell houses at Bowden Hall, Burnham Thorpe and Woburn Abbey amongst others.

2017 will see two publications and associated lectures:

(i) A Survey of the work of Joseph & Josiah Lane, Master Grotto Builders.

(ii) British/ Irish Shell House & Grotto Decoration - a Study of Shell Artists from the Eighteen Century to the Present.

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