Archaeology Reveals Evidence of Lost Orangery

A recent archaeological excavation provides new information about the lost Orangery and Arcade at Chiswick House Gardens.

Archaelogical investigation uncovering the pebble mosaic floor in the orangery

A recent archaeological excavation in the gardens provides new information about the lost Orangery and Arcade at Chiswick House Gardens.

The work has been undertaken to inform a detailed design of new planting to recreate the historic hedge-lined arcade that formerly flanked the orangery

Situated in the gardens behind the house the orangery is thought to have been used to display orange trees during the summer months.  Dating back to the 1730s its footprint, which includes a beautifully patterned pebble floor, was previously uncovered in 1997. Following this excavation it will be given a protective layer and covered again for preservation purposes.

The archaeology also revealed the location where two bronze statues once stood – a Gladiator and Hercules. The original statues now reside at the private gardens at Chatsworth.  Together with the orangery floor they form a geometric shape which will provide a more accurate design for the reconstruction of new pathways and plant beds in the future.

A project tour about this fascinating area of the Gardens, including the Italian Garden, will be taking place shortly.  Watch our events section for details.

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