History Society Lecture - 12 June

Lecture 3:

The Thames Embankment, London Boulevards
& the Gardens of the Inner Temple:
Robert Marnock's (1800‐1889) visions for the greening of London

 Dr Jan Woudstra

6pm 12 June 2017

In 1874 the Thames Embankment, designed by Joseph Paxton, was declared the handsomest boulevard in Europe. The great landscape gardener Robert Marnock (1800‐1889), formerly the curator of the Royal Botanic Garden at Regents Park, along with his two assistants Alexander McKenzie and Joseph Fyfe Meston laid out many of the great gardens and parks throughout the country. Following the construction of the Thames Embankment, Marnock was employed by the Inner Temple to design their gardens. This lecture will detail the construction process of the gardens of the Inner Temple and discuss how these contributed to the overall scheme.

Dr Jan Woudstra is a Reader in Landscape History and Theory at the Department of Landscape of the University of Sheffield. He has published widely on landscape design from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries and is currently working on a monograph on Robert Marnock.

The Lecture will start at 6pm in the Parliament Chamber and will be followed by a drinks reception in the Garden (weather permitting). There will also be the opportunity of a garden tour with Head Gardener, Andrea Brunsendorf, at 7pm.

Tickets: Members and the Public: £10 (IT Students: Free)

To Book: www.innertemple.org.uk/hsjune or call the Treasury Office on 020 7797 8250