William Hogarth Trust
registered charity no.1092251


Garden developments

It has been a while since we posted an update here; more info can be found on our twitter account @HogarthProgress.

The Trust continues to support The Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House. One of our main tasks has been writing grant applications, over 30 of them now. Funds are still needed over the next frew years to support the learning and activities programme and the staff who will run them, as well as covering the shortfall in capital for the building and landscaping works. Hounslow Council has generously guaranteed the sums needed to enable work to progress.

The learning studio is nearing completion and work is in progress on the garden. New paths are being laid and the handsome frame for the hazel nut-walk had been made by artist-blacksmith James Price of East Chiltington and is now in place. It incoporates elegant serpentine bars echoing Hogarth’s “Line of Beauty” as well as iron mulberry leaves.I

Intsalling the nut-walk frame which will have a Georgian-style skittle ground at the far end. The new learning studio can be seen beyond

The nursery gardener who worked Hogarth’s House and part of the adjoining property as a garden ground in the 1890s had a small glasshouse against the north wall. A new one has been constructed on the same site, for use by the team of volunteer gardeners who will be recruited and trained to care for and present the garden for the delight of visitors. In the photo you can see the timber bothy taking shape; this will be the garden team’s base.

The newly-installed glass house against the north wall

A series of points in the garden have been given beautiful carved stone markers, commissioned from Fiona & Alec Peever Lettering and Sculpture. These will provide places for visitors to pause in a planned series of trails.

The beautiful slate markers made by the Peevers – spot the stable, the studio, the skittle ground, the mulberry, and so on

It is exciting to know that the building will probably be handed over in Deceber and a formal opening will take place in 2020.

Hogarth’s House update of update

We are very pleased that the House is once again open to visitors now that the York stone paving between the gate and the front door has been completed. It is now possible to announce the two extra short periods of closure, on 13 June and on 6 to9 July, when power and water supplies will be brought in from the A4 outside. The second closure is for 3 days so that the Listed York stone steps can be reinstated Please check for details here

Meanwhile work on the learning studio is proceeding, though very slowly. It is looking remarkably handsome, with the roof over the linking building reflecting the curves of Hogarth’s ‘Line of Beauty’ and echoing the glazed wall beneath, overlooking the garden. We hope it will open in the autumn.

The Spacehive crowd-funding scheme – to raise money for replicas of the Hogarth family’s pet memorials – was tremendously successful and brought us pledges of £2,133, just one day before the crucial deadline. All of the pledges have been honoured and the very welcome donations have been received. This is to be part of the creation of the ‘exhibition garden’ where planting and features will tell the story of the plot from its enclosure as a mixed orchard in the 1670s to the present.