Thomas Mawson: Life, Gardens and Landscapes, by Janet Waymark

Thomas Mawson: Life, Gardens and Landscapes, by Janet Waymark
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Description of Thomas Mawson: Life, Gardens and Landscapes

From undistinguished beginnings in Lancashire and the Lake District Thomas Mawson became the most sought after garden designer of the early 20th century. His offices in Windermere and Lancaster received enquiries from around Britain and further afield, in Europe and Canada. His commissions in the UK included Lever Park (Lancashire) and The Hill (Hampstead) for Lord Leverhulme, Dyffryn Gardens (Cardiff), Rushton Hall (Northamptonshire), whilst at The Hague he designed the 1908 Peace Garden.

In those parts of Lancashire, Westmorland and Cumberland that now make up Cumbria he worked on many gardens including Holker Hall (for Hugh Cavendish's recent book about the Holker gardens see A Time to Plant), Graythwaite Hall, Langdale Chase, Holehird and Brockhole (where his garden is currently being restored by the Lake District National Park Authority).

There was even more to Mawson than gardens. He was eminent in the field of town planning, being president of the Town Planning Institute from 1923 and also the inaugural president of the Institute of Landscape Architects.

Mawson lived most of his life in Windermere and is buried in Bowness. Janet Waymark's book is the first full length biography of this great garden designer to be published, and the author travelled widely through Britain and North America to obtain both information and photographs. The surprising things is that it took seventy five years from his death for such a work to emerge, although there is a shorter biography by M. Elizabeth Kissack.

Key Product Details

  • Author: Janet Waymark
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 0711225958
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln
  • Title: Thomas Mawson: Life, Gardens and Landscapes
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