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What's behind that pineapple topped wall in Esher?

PUBLISHED: 11:02 07 April 2011 | UPDATED: 21:31 20 February 2013

What's behind that pineapple topped wall in Esher?

What's behind that pineapple topped wall in Esher?

An historic walled garden will be opening in May for the second time in aid of Princess Alice Hospice.

An historic walled garden will be opening in May for the second time in aid of Princess Alice Hospice.


The enclosed garden complete with rockeries, a listed cottage, amazing architectural features and a tortoise will be awash with springtime colourjust in time for the opening onSunday May 8.


Many local Esher residents have probably noticed some of the architectural features of the garden: these include a pair of ornate gateposts in the shape of pineapples, which date to 1805.


Last year, visitors to this delightful garden at 7 More Lane, Esher helped to generate over 1,000 for the hospice.


The garden has a great story to tell: in 1730, Henry Pelham commissioned William Kent to remodel Wayneflete Tower and to landscape the surrounding area, Esher Place.


Within four years, this was in the majority, accomplished. The head gardener, Robert Leadman, leased a cottage, orangery and extensive walled garden within the Pelham Estate.


He lived here while managing and maintaining the gardens of Wayneflete Tower, which famously featured in many 19th century editions of Country Life.


The cottage, orangery, wall and archway still stand and visitors will once again be able to stroll around this delightful garden, enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace by the summer rockery and most importantly help the owner of the garden, Anne Hills, raise money for Princess Alice Hospice.


Anne has decided to open the garden to say thank you to the charity for the care and support provided to her son Christopher.



  • The garden at 7 More Lane, Esher will open on Sunday May 8 at 11am and will close at 4pm. Entry is 3 with free parking available at Sandown Park Racecourse. For more information, visit www.pah.org.uk.

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