Pergola and Hill Gardens, Hampstead, London.
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And did Lord Liderhosen's friends band together to keep those pergola gardens looking lovely, since they knew how much they had meant to him? They did not. And did our lordly Lord leave a stipend for a gardener in his will, to keep his legacy alive and thriving? He did not.
So in 1904 a fellow named Lord Leverhulme resided in a nearby mansion, and this gentleman had made a fortune in soap. A large, large fortune. He made so much money from that soap he sat about all day thinking over how he could spend it all.
Now what Lord Liverhome liked best after soap was socialising, and he enjoyed having elaborate balls and parties and shindies and such at the week-end. It was the era of Edwardian opulence, and Lord Lemur was certainly down for that. He decided to build an extensive garden, with pergolas lit by swinging lanterns, and rosebushes and dangling wisteria and hidden paths, and it was all for the enjoyment of his posh friends. Over the next 20 years he built on and on to his pergola gardens until at last he had time to enjoy them. Except then he died.
(photos @clocking.those.miles IG)
The pergola gardens grew unchecked and the ivy climbed around the old columns and the rosebushes ran wild and unpruned beside the tumble-down ruins and no one went to that garden, ever.
Then the Beautiful Decay aesthetic arrived! Soon everyone realised that ruins were often more lovely than the pristine original. Now the site is quite popular, with photographers and young families and Instagrammers and ruin enthusiasts alike visiting here in all seasons. It is also a wedding venue, and for a mere £28,000 you too can marry your beloved within its ruined splendour. (That number is actually correct. I got a quote).
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With independent, chain, antique, charity, and secondhand bookshops book lovers in York are spoilt for choice. There are over a dozen bookshops to visit, including Minster Gate Books (specialising in Arthurian Legend, Folklore, and Illustrated books) The Portal Bookshop (specialising in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and LGBTQIA) Lucius Books (specialising in First Editions) The Blue House Bookshop (an independent Children's shop) and Travelling Man (Graphic Novels and Manga). (Photos various on IG)
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