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Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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1 a covering over the hatchway leading below decks.

2 a raised frame with windows on the quarterdeck of a ship to allow light into the decks...

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The Oxford Companion to the Garden

Edited by Patrick Taylor.

January 2006; p ublished online January 2006 .

Book. Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden. 1832 pages. 616444 words.

‘a word of warning - there's no quick escape from this marvellous book’, Hugh Johnson

This Companion is devoted to gardens of every kind and the people and...

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Isaac de Caus

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(b. c.1590), French Huguenot architect, engineer, maker of automata, and designer of grottoes, younger brother of Salomon de Caus. He worked at Whitehall Palace (London), Moor Park...

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Augustus John Smith

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(1804–72), English landowner who in 1834 bought a 99-year lease of the Isles of Scilly and started to make at Tresco Abbey a garden which was an intrepid pioneer in its day and remains, in...

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John Aislabie

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(1670–1742), English politician, landowner, and landscaper born near York who inherited the Studley Royal estate near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Aislabie became a Member of Parliament in 1695...

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Francis Inigo Thomas

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(1866–1950), English architect and garden designer, co-author with Sir Reginald Blomfield of The English Formal Garden (1892). He made an extended visit to Italy in 1893 by which he was...

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Thomas Hill

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(1529–c.1572), English author of gardening and scientific books. His first book was A Most Briefe and Pleasaunte Treatyse, Teachyng how to Dresse, Sowe, and Set a Garden (c.1558), which...

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John Banister

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(c.1650–1692), American missionary plant collector. Born in Gloucester, he received his BA Oxford in 1671, and three years later Bishop Compton sent him as Anglican minister to the West...

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Coplestone Warre Bampfylde

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(1720–91), English landowner, soldier, landscaper, and artist. In 1750 he inherited the Hestercombe estate in Somerset where his mother's family, the Warres, had lived since 1391. He...

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Peter Collinson

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(1694–1768), English Quaker and plant collector who introduced many North American plants into English gardens. He lived all his life in and around London where the family business was that...

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John Busch

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(1730–95), German nurseryman (originally Johann Busch) from Hanover who came to England in the 1740s. By 1756 he was living in Hackney (London) where he rented land to start a small...

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Lanning Roper

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(1912–83), American garden designer and author who came to England when in Second World War service with the US navy. He practised in a relaxed English style with exuberant mixed borders...

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John Rose

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(1629–77), English gardener who worked for the Duchess of Somerset at Essex House (London) and in 1666 became André Mollet's successor as keeper of the royal garden in St James's Park (see...

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Charles Sprague Sargent

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(1841–1927), American dendrologist and plantsman born in Boston, Massachusetts. Sargent graduated from Harvard and then studied botany and horticulture. Aged 29 he became both director of...

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Sir George Sitwell

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(1860–1943), English landowner, author, and garden maker of Renishaw. He made an assiduous study of Italian Renaissance gardens from the early 1890s onwards—visiting over 200 gardens...

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Philipp Franz von Siebold

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(1796–1866), German doctor and plant collector. Siebold was physician to the Dutch East India Company in 1826 stationed at Deshima, the tiny walled island in Nagasaki Harbour, Japan....

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Frank Kingdon Ward

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(1885–1958), plant collector. After attending Cambridge, Ward went to Shanghai as a schoolmaster but almost immediately set off into the interior on the first of many plant hunting...

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Philip Tilden

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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...

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John Rocque

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(1704/5?–62), French surveyor who probably reached England in 1709 as a refugee, later serving as an apprentice and journeyman. In his first publication, a plan of Richmond (1734), he...

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Edward Kemp

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(1817–91), English gardener and garden designer who was apprenticed at Chatsworth to Joseph Paxton, and served as his foreman of works on Birkenhead Park (1843–7). On its completion, he...

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John Abercrombie

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(1726–1806), Scottish gardener and author born at Prestonpans, East Lothian, who worked at Kew gardens (see Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and established his own nursery at Hackney in the...

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