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St. Paul's Walden Bury
is a stately home and surrounding gardens located in the village of St Paul's Walden
St Paul's Walden is a village about five miles south of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England. The civil parish of St Paul's Walden also includes the village of Whitwell...
Hertfordshire is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in the East region of England. The county town is Hertford.The county is one of the Home Counties and lies inland, bordered by Greater London , Buckinghamshire , Bedfordshire , Cambridgeshire and...
. A home of the Bowes-Lyon
Bowes-Lyon is a Scottish family; see the following articles for more information, including information on individual members:*Baron Bowes*Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne*Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne*Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon*Gibside...
family, it is best known for its connection to the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was the queen consort of King George VI from 1936 until her husband's death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II...
. One of her childhood homes, it was possibly the site of her birth and was also the location at which she finally accepted Prince Albert
George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death...
's proposal of marriage.
The estate has been in the possession of the Bowes-Lyon family since 1725. The gardens are large and set in extensive woodland. The gardens are Grade I listed by English Heritage
English Heritage . is an executive non-departmental public body of the British Government sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport...
on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England
In England, the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England provides a listing and classification system for historic parks and gardens similar to that used for listed buildings. The register is managed by English Heritage under the provisions of the National...
. The gardens were designed in part by Geoffrey Jellicoe
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe was an English landscape architect, garden designer, Architect and author.Jellicoe was born in Chelsea. He studied at the Architectural Association in London in 1919 and won a Rome Scholarship in 1923 which enabled him to research his first book Italian Gardens of the...
St. Paul's Walden Bury entry from The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses