– Pergola, Martha Freud, Mark Lutyens, project managent, Olivia Musgrave
Wootton and Dawe revisited the pergola they designed with Martha Freud and Mark Lutyens for the Clarendon Estate in Wiltshire. Now surrounded by flowers, the pergola has settled beautifully into the surrounding landscape.
Sid's 93 year old granny, Ivy, lived on the Clarendon Estate until 1929. (Her father was the head groom.) She hadn't been back since and Sid took her along for the lunch.
Ivy was able to remember the white cockatoos which flew freely in the entrance halls, and the children's parties hosted by the then occupants, the Christie-Millers, for the estate children, with buns and pies. She could also remember paracqueets in the kitchen garden. Her memories were happy but powerful, and Ivy initially felt ill at ease with the friendly informality and classless structure which now occupies Clarendon.
The current owners, and all the guests, soon put her at ease.
English society has moved and changed in her life time. Back then, she could never have dreamt of the demise of the big house into a ruin and its subsequent re-birth, or herself eating an informal buffet and sipping champagne in the house aged 93.
Also in the grounds is a beautiful fountain sculpture by Wootton and Dawe's studio neighbour, Olivia Musgrave.
The photos we took are being used in the catalogue for Olivia's October 2012 exhibition at John Martin Gallery.