A garden of statues

Statue with autumn colour

When exploring the gardens you will be amazed by the array of statues throughout the gardens. In fact the collection assembled by Lord Fairhaven is widely believed to be one of the finest collections of garden statuary in the country.

For inspiration, Lord Fairhaven drew on early 18th - century formal gardens, both in this country and on the Continent.

Generally, Lord Fairhaven's taste in sculpture was conservative. He chose mythological and biblical subjects and ornaments rich in classical motifs.

In the inter war years many of England's great country houses were in dire economic state, and were forced to sell some or all of their collections. In Lord Fairhaven they found a rich and eager buyer.

The statues came from far and wide, including Stowe in Buckinghamshire, which is now also owned by the National Trust.