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Bidulph Grange Gardens

Bidulph Grange Gardens
Bidulph Grange Gardens
Bidulph Grange Gardens
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Biddulph Grange Garden, Grange Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7SD, UK (53°7′46″N, 2°9′39″W)

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Bidulph Grange Gardens
Biddulph Grange was developed by James Bateman (1811-1897), the accomplished horticulturist and landowner; he inherited money from his father, who had become rich from coal and steel businesses. He moved to Biddulph Grange around 1840, from nearby Knypersley Hall. He created the gardens with the aid of his friend and painter of seascapes Edward William Cooke. The gardens were meant to display specimens from Bateman's extensive and wide-ranging collection of plants.

Biddulph Grange "started life as a rectory, but around 1840 it was bought by James Bateman...he and his wife Maria had a passion for plants and the money to indulge their interests, and as the house was enlarged they began work on the surrounding gardens. In this they were helped by an artist friend, Edward William Cooke, who was not just a keen designer but whose father-in-law owned one of the biggest plant nurseries of the day, Loddiges of Hackney."

The gardens "were designed by James and Maria Bateman. Bateman...bought specimens brought back by the great Victorian plant-hunters and became an expert on orchids
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