Gardens - Burton Constable

The gardens may be small, but they are tenderly cared for by our Gardener and team of hard-working volunteers.

History of the Gardens

There is early evidence of formal gardens close to the house in a document of 1610, when the Dowager Lady Margaret Constable was given access to ‘two litle gardens adjoyneinge upon and lieing near unto the Northe Tower and one parcell of ground called North garth adjoyn. upon the aforesaid gardens.’

In 1715 considerable work was undertaken for William, 4th Viscount Dunbar in levelling land for new gardens. It seems likely that a lawn was created at this time on the west front, and to the north a grove containing a geometrical arrangement of paths. 

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Over 80 different species of birds have been spotted at Burton Constable, from the smallest British bird, the Goldcrest, to large birds of prey such as Buzzards and Barn Owls
Afternoon tea was created by the Duchess of Bedford in the late 18th century. She invited friends to join her for an afternoon meal of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, sweets and, of course, tea. The practice was so popular that it was quickly adopted by other social hostesses 

The Burton Constable Whale is featured in Herman Melville's famous novel Moby Dick. 

Today the Burton Constable Whale is nicknamed 'Constable Moby'

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