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Brunel's Hidden Kingdom

Geoffrey Tudor (Modern History, 1945)

For the first time ever this is the story of Brunel – aided by wife Mary and gardener Forsyth – laying out a garden and designing a landscape. Recently Brunel’s ‘Watcombe Garden Book’ has come to light and is now at the University of Bristol. This little notebook of 32 pages provides a summary of Brunel’s scheming: water-supply, shelter-belts, water gardens, Italian Garden, Sea Walk – all are considered in turn. Pride of place, though, goes to the thousands of trees and to the under-planting of shrubs and creepers that make Watcombe such an outstanding creation.

Geoffrey Tudor was born to a military family in India in 1923. He was educated at Wellington College, winning a history scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford, which he took up after war service in mountain artillery. While at Oxford he was Captain of Cross Country, and in 1948 competed in the 3,000m steeplechase in the Olympic Games. Mr Tudor has lectured in War Studies at both RMA Sandhurst and Dartmouth Naval College, and has written many articles on military and naval topics. The author lives with his wife and two Cavalier King Charles spaniels at Bude in Cornwall and is still active in writing and researching.

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