The restoration of the gazebos

The gazebos, built by Lawrence Johnston, were a feature in the garden by 1915. Historic paint analysis and research has enabled these buildings to be transformed into their original condition.

The placement of the gazebos adds to the structure and design of two important and central vistas in the garden, one towards Heaven’s Gate through the Red Borders and the second along the Long Walk. 

The gazebos were restored in 2017 using historic paint analysis. We don’t know exactly how the gazebos were used during Lawrence Johnston’s time, however, the tiled 'table' in the North gazebo may have been used as a serving table from where the picnics could be assembled for a small gatherings.

Work taking place in the North Gazebo
Work taking place in the North Gazebo
Work taking place in the North Gazebo
In this quote from James Lees-Milne, (writer and architectural historian,) memories of his childhood visits in the 1920’s are shared and gives us an idea of the hospitality guests may have enjoyed whilst visiting Hidcote. 

" …the grown-ups playing violent games of tennis, and tea under the beech trees on the raised bit at the end of the lawn, while the silver kettle burbled under the spirit lamp and the thin slices of bread and butter melted in the great heat of the chequered sun - for it was always sunny in those summers! "
- James Lees-Milne

The gazebos in the 1930s.
The gazebos in the 1930s.
The gazebos in the 1930s.
In 2018, the North gazebo will be dressed ready for a 1920s picnic to take place. Even though picnics are no longer served from this building, games of tennis and tea in Winthrop's Cafe is a must for any visit.