Deanery Garden

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The house designed by Edwin Lutyens, from the garden.

The Deanery and Deanery Garden is a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll,[1] with a house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens,[2] in Sonning, Berkshire, England.[3]


Deanery Garden was designed between 1899 and 1901, in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement.[4][5]

Design and construction[edit]

The garden (c. 1 hectare) was designed by Gertrude Jekyll, like many for Lutyens country houses. Although in the centre of the village next to St Andrew's Church and the Bull Inn, the house and garden are very secluded, being surrounded by high walls. However, the garden can be viewed from the church tower.[6]

The house was built for the founder of the early lifestyle magazine Country Life, Edward Hudson, essentially as a show home.[7] It was featured in the magazine. The house has subsequently been considerably extended on its north side.


Deanery Garden was owned by Nigel Broakes and Stanley Seeger during the 1980s. Marian Thompson helped to restore the garden. The house and gardens, which are now owned by Jimmy Page, guitarist with the group Led Zeppelin, are not open to the public.


Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 51°28′28″N 0°54′41″W / 51.47437°N 0.91134°W / 51.47437; -0.91134