East Lambrook Manor

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East Lambrook Manor

East Lambrook Manor is a small 15th-century manor house in East Lambrook, Somerset, England. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building,[1] and is surrounded by a Grade I listed 'cottage garden' planted by Margery Fish from 1938 until her death in 1969.[2]


The two-storey house, was originally built as an open hall-house. It which was designated a Grade II* listed building in 1959,[1] was built of Somerset hamstone in the 15th and 16th centuries. It was a manor farm until the restoration in the 1930s.[3]


East Lambrook Manor Gardens
Type Cottage Garden
Location East Lambrook, Somerset, England
Coordinates 50°58′00″N 2°48′40″W / 50.9667°N 2.811°W / 50.9667; -2.811Coordinates: 50°58′00″N 2°48′40″W / 50.9667°N 2.811°W / 50.9667; -2.811
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Plants Geraniums, euphorbias, helleborus, snowdrops, roses, rare and unusual cottage garden plants
Collections National Collection of Geraniums
Website http://www.eastlambrook.co.uk/

Margery Fish and her husband Walter Fish bought East Lambrook Manor in 1937 for £1000. They had several terraces constructued in 1938.[4] She described the informal planting style as jungle gardening.[5] She wrote several books on cottage gardens, she laid out the 2 acres (0.81 ha) gardens which hold the National Collection of Geraniums,[6] and a collection of snowdrops.[7]

Several plants are named after the garden including: the silver-leafed wormwood Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver',[8] the spurge Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii, 'Lambrook Gold', the cotton lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lambrook Silver', and the primrose Primula 'Lambrook Mauve'.

The garden has been restored since 1985 into the state it was left at the time of Fish's death in 1969.[9]


  1. ^ a b "East Lambrook Manor and forecourt wall.". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "East Lambrook Manor Gardens". Visit Somerset. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "East Lambrook Manor Garden, East Lambrook". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "East Lambrook Manor, Taunton, England". Parks & Gardens UK. Parks and Gardens Data Services. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Bond, James (1998). Somerset Parks and Gardens. Somerset Books. p. 140. ISBN 978-0861834655. 
  6. ^ "East Lambrook Manor Garden". Gardenvisit.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Bourne, Val (2008-01-04). "Snowdrops: White magic". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Plumptree, George (1985). Collins Book of British Gardens. London: Collins. pp. 272–273. ISBN 0002166410. 
  9. ^ "East Lambrook Manor Garden". Sisley Garden Tours. Retrieved 4 November 2012.