The Family Home

38 Perrins Lane

The Garden




House description

The garden

The garage




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The long garden had a substantial slope from top to bottom and Bill set about terracing it with a series of terraces giving level ground.  The top level was laid out as a lawn with herbaceous borders.



As this was the start of the Second World War the opportunity was taken to include an air raid shelter under the lawn.  Many years later this was the place chosen to prospect for water, taking scaffold poles and a derrick to raise and lower the pole to drill downwards.  He went down a substantial distance but never struck the water he wanted, though there were other springs in the allotments at the bottom of the garden, no doubt fed from the water coming from the hill on which Wollescote is built.

The entrance to the shelter can be seen on the right.  One year there was the possibility of a petrol shortage and he stashed away some jerrycans in the shelter.  Sensible to keep them away from the house but Darroll expected to be woken some night by a great explosion!


On the next level were fruit trees and roses and the lowest level was used to grow vegetables, though later had ornamental trees and bushes.  Darroll grew a sycamore tree from seed and this was planted here.  30 years later it was a large tree. 

The next level was ornamental and went though many phases.  Bill was keen on water features and had a system that fed water from a store in the basement (built much later than the original) down an open channel from stones in a cement base to feed a fountain.  The other half of this level eventually had an ornamental pool with surrounding slabs.


about 1950


Picking Apples, 1948


Growing Vegetables, about 1953


Bill had a love-hate relationship with the garden.  It was only one of his many interests in life and often other events diverted his attention.

So the garden work was done in fits and starts and sometimes was left for long periods with no progress and allowing the weeds to build up.

He enjoyed the challenge of planning and laying it out but the actual work involved in its upkeep required a lot of time.  Difficult when you spend all your time travelling to work in wartime and after;  difficult when you are self-employed and time is precious. 







about 1968