Mapperley Park is an area of Nottingham not far from where I live.
Just down the road, in fact.
Up until around 1900, the area was mainly forest belonging to Mapperley Hall. Then the land was sold off to the great and good of the City of Nottingham who, at no small expense, erected their dwellings upon it.
Sunday afternoon saw Mapperley Park’s first Open Gardens event.
I love an opportunity for a spot of garden gawking. I will actively seek out the chance to traipse shamelessly across strangers’ lawns for a fun afternoon out.
When there are homemade cakes / Pimms / strawberries and cream in the offing, you can’t keep me away.
The chance to peep into the secret gardens of beautiful and extravagant period properties just couldn’t be missed.
Mapperley Park is crammed full of the most beautiful houses.
Architectural styles range through Gothic fantasy piles, Arts and Crafts cottages, modest Victorian semi-detacheds, enormous villas and grand Edwardian mansions. Some, such as those displaying their gardens today, are beautifully and lovingly kept.
Others are neglected and run down, divided into a multitude of bedsits. The epitome of faded glamour.
The gardens were beautiful.
But they were the least of it, really.
I just fell in love.
I want to live there.
There were some properties for sale, including the house below.