1 June 2011

Grounds of Cassel Hospital


The first of many pictures from Ham Open Gardens 2011 comes from Cassel Hospital. The hospital itself has a prominent position on the south side of Ham Common. Facing the common is a ramshackle of a building that has its basis in a grand house but which has been added too, not always sympathetically, over the years and carries the wounds of being morphed in to a hospital along the way.

The garden, unseen from the road, is something of a shock. Or would be if not for aerial photography. It's vast. Really vast. And nicely simple too.

A wide path cut in to the grass encourages you to stroll around the edge. Which I did. And this is the best way to appreciate the size of the garden and the tranquillity that a walk in the country brings.

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