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LEVENS HALL (Cumbria) - Topiary

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A topiary garden as laid out in 1692 by Monsieur Beaumont. It is still to the original plan. It contains over 100 pieces of topiary. The items include the Chess pieces - King and Queen, the Judges Wig, the Howard Lion, the Great Umbrellas, Queen Elizabeth and her Maids of Honour, a Jug of Morocco Ale and four Peacocks.  The clock turret (1773) has a clock with only one hand, marked out in quarter hours.  Some drain pipes have an Ace of Hearts emblem on then, said to be the card with which Colonel Grahme won the house in 1688.

CD05

Location

Located 5 miles South of Kendal, about 5 minutes from junction 36 of the M6