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Hurds Hill Open Garden Day

As part of the annual Glorious Gardens in support of St Margaret's Hospice, Hurds Hill will open its garden to the public on Sunday 7th August 2022 between 2.00pm – 5.00pm.

A Regency country house and garden set on a hill with far reaching views of the Somerset Levels, yet discreetly tucked away off the A378 close to the Wick turning, Hurds Hill was built by the Bagehot family in the late 1820s, and was once home to one of Langport's most famous residents, Walter Bagehot.

Bagehot is regarded as one of the 19th century's most influential writers on banking and finance, and latterly editor of the Economist for 16 years from 1860 until his death. He lived at Hurds Hill as a boy and in later life from the 1850's when he worked in the family's Langport Bank (the Stuckeys and Bagehots had both family and business connections). The convenience of the railway newly arrived in Langport with a station at the foot of the hill, accessed via a private path and gate opening onto the corner of Frog Lane, meant Bagehot could readily divide his time between London and Langport.

Back to the 21st century, the house, in the present ownership since 2011, has been restored and now operates as a conference and events venue. Its garden features wide herbaceous borders, an orchard, terraces, lawns and shrubs. And the views of course!

The garden is largely wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available and dogs are welcome provided they are on a lead. Entry Fee: £3.00.

We are invited to relax on the terrace and soak up the view!

More info on St Margaret's Glorious Gardens here

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