Favourite Front Gardens (12)
I’ve been watching the former graveyard at Devonport House for some months now. It always used to be (and frankly, still is at the moment) a case of having to sneak around the back if you wanted to get a closer look at the few monuments that still exist there (most were moved to the charming East Greenwich Pleasaunce in mid Victorian times.)
It was, I confess, with mixed emotions I saw paths and fences spring up in the grounds, in preparation for opening them to the public. Obviously, it will be nice not to have to tiptoe about getting muddy boots and risking a ticking-off just to take a peek at Admiral Hardy’s Tomb and, I’ll give them their dues, they’ve done it really well – with little avenues of baby box which will knit to form low hedges and areas of long grasses and wavy flowers.
Now it’s safe. We have wide (albeit lovely) paths, sensible (charming) streetlights and sturdy (elegant) railings around each monument. It’s well done. But would I have swapped its former secluded peace for the chance to have another formal gardens? I just don’t know.