Watford’s link to royalty explored: Please join our Moses Cook walk on Saturday (24 March)

Everyone is invited to learn about Watford’s historic link to royalty during a guided stroll around Cassiobury Park this Saturday (24 March).

Published: Thursday, 22nd March 2018

Walkers will learn about Moses Cook – Head Gardener to Arthur Capel, the 1st Earl of Essex, in the mid-17th century – during the Watford Borough Council event. It will run from 2-4pm. The secret meeting point for walkers will be revealed when you book your place via 01923 727072 or cassiobury@watford.gov.uk. Please do so before 5pm on Friday (23 March). The cost is £2 per person.

Moses Cook laid out the acclaimed Forest Garden in Cassiobury Park before becoming a founding member of the eminent Brompton Park Gardens. The group supplied design, expertise and plants for the King and many of the major stately homes of England. He was also responsible for publishing an important book on planting and raising trees. The walk will include a reference to the history of gardening of the period.

The magnificent Cassiobury House and gardens once stood in the middle of the space currently filled by residential properties between Hempstead Road and the park. The Cassiobury estate, which included the current park, stretched all the way to the bottom of the Rickmansworth Road.

However, the Capel family – who owned Cassiobury – ran into financial difficulties at the turn of the 20th century. Much of their estate was bought by Watford Borough Council to become the public park that it is today, but they were forced to demolish their house in 1927.

Watford Borough Council hosts free and low-cost events in Cassiobury Park throughout the year for all ages – find out more at Cassiobury Events.


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