To celebrate the lifting of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s usual ban on garden gnomes at the event, this week we’re sharing some interesting hermitages from Gordon Campbell’s The Hermit in the Garden: Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome.
The hermitage at Tollymore in County Down, Northern Ireland, overlooks the Shimna River. It is approached from the river footpath, which - close to the hermitage - becomes a wooden platform with a rustic balustrade. On the back wall of the main room there was a dated inscription on a plaque (now removed), which read (in Greek) ‘Clanbrassil, to his very dear friend Monthermer 1770’. ‘Monthermer’ was John Brudenell, son of the earl of Cardigan, and he was known by the courtesy title of marquess of Monthermer. He died on 11 April 1770 at the age of 35. ‘Clanbrassil’ was James Hamilton, second earl of Clanbrassil.
Image © Professor Gordon Campbell. Do not reproduce without permission.

To celebrate the lifting of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s usual ban on garden gnomes at the event, this week we’re sharing some interesting hermitages from Gordon Campbell’s The Hermit in the Garden: Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome.

The hermitage at Tollymore in County Down, Northern Ireland, overlooks the Shimna River. It is approached from the river footpath, which - close to the hermitage - becomes a wooden platform with a rustic balustrade. On the back wall of the main room there was a dated inscription on a plaque (now removed), which read (in Greek) ‘Clanbrassil, to his very dear friend Monthermer 1770’. ‘Monthermer’ was John Brudenell, son of the earl of Cardigan, and he was known by the courtesy title of marquess of Monthermer. He died on 11 April 1770 at the age of 35. ‘Clanbrassil’ was James Hamilton, second earl of Clanbrassil.

Image © Professor Gordon Campbell. Do not reproduce without permission.