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Philip Tilden

(1887—1956) architect and garden designer


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(1887–1956), English architect and garden designer who worked on several notable historic houses including Chartwell (Kent), Cortachy Castle (Angus), Knebworth (Hertfordshire), and Sydenham House (Devon). At Port Lympne between 1918 and 1921 he laid out for Sir Philip Sassoon an exceptional terraced garden in which the influences of the Italian Renaissance, the Arts and Crafts movement and art deco are interwoven with dashing skill. For the same house he also designed a slightly lurid but unforgettable Moorish patio. The MP and society diarist Chips Channon described Port Lympne as ‘a triumph of beautiful bad taste and Babylonian luxury’. Tilden had a successful architectural career, with many distinguished clients, but he designed no other garden as impressive as Port Lympne.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.


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