Sir Thomas Hanmer 1659

Sir Thomas Hanmer, Garden Writer 1612-1680

Sir Thomas Hanmer`s Garden Book of 1659 is one the earliest and most important garden books in the English language. He was exiled during the Civil War and took the opportunity to study gardens in France, Holland, and Italy. Allowed to return to a quiet life in Hanmer, he devoted his enforced leisure to his garden at Bettisfield Park. His special interest was in tulips and developing new colours of blooms.

Sir Thomas had shown sympathy with the Puritan cause in parliament but when Roundhead troops captured Hanmer and stabled horses in the church it was too much for him. He gathered a troop of Welsh Royalists who ambushed them. The Cavaliers won the day but lost the war and Sir Thomas the Cavalier went into exile.

Entered 22nd November 2013, updated 21st November 2014 by Bill