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The village of Knapton had its summer festival “Knapton Together” at the weekend of 4 and 5 July.


Open Gardens and Studios, a Flower Festival in the church, a display of vintage vehicles, Crafts and Gifts Fair and glorious sunshine attracted lots of visitors.


Saint Peter and Saint Paul Parish Church


The present church dates from mainly the 14th century and is famous for its carved angels. The promenant feature of this church is the roof,  a double hammerbeam. The beams and spandrels are richly carved with three tiers of angels which have outspread wings. More angels are carved on the kingposts and on the wall plate.

The theme of the Flower Festival was “Weddings”. This photo shows a flower arrangement by Mundesley Village Flower Shoppe.


Some of the gardens were absolutely stunning, and all highly individual.


And who would expect Stonehenge or the stone circles of Avebury in Knapton?…






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North Garden

Garden Arches

East Ruston hosts one of the most amazing gardens in the whole country: East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens. Created by Alan Gray and Graham Robeson, now 15 years old and expanding at a rate of knots, it is a feast of formal design, and decorative exuberance.


It is located quite close to the sea and well protected from the full blast of the wind by dense wind breaks, making it possible to grow remarkably tender plants. Clustering about the Arts and Crafts Vicarage, walled and hedged compartments vary strongly in mood from cool formality to explosions of colour and form. Sculptures, lavishly planted pots and finely detailed walls and gates also play their decorative part.


Wildlife pond with scuplture


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This is the best time of the year to visit Sheringham Park, when its rhododendrons show their spectacular flowers.

The park offers fabulous displays of rhododendrons and azaleas; mature woodlands, with rare trees and shrubs;a Gazebo and viewing towers with fantastic coastal vistas and miles of scenic countryside paths.

The park was designed in 1812 by Humphrey Repton, one of the great landscape gardeners who followed Capability Brown. In all he created some 200 gardens and parks but it is said that Sheringham was his favourite and ‘darling child’. This garden is particularly famous as one of Humphry Repton’s greatest achievements. Planting began from 1850’s onwards. Repton’s principal design was to plant newly imported species of rhododendron and azaleas and this he achieved with great success. Humphry Repton was the first to use the term “landscape gardening” . E. H. Wilson added a collection of plants from China in the early 1900’s.

English Landscape Architecture / Landscape Garden
In the 18th century, England became the focus of a new style of landscape design. Figures such as William Kent, Humphry Repton, and most famously Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown remodelled the great estate parks of the English gentry to resemble a neat and tidy version of nature. Many of these parks remain today. The term ‘landscape architecture’ was first used by the Scotsman Gilbert Laing Meason in the title of his book on The Landscape Architecture of the Great Painters of Italy (London, 1828). It was about the type of architecture found in landscape paintings. The term “landscape architecture” was then taken up by JC Loudon and AJ Downing.

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