Hoopback bench goes on loan to Hampton Court!

We were delighted to be of assistance to Hampton Court Palace Exhibition Curator, Sebastian Edwards, who approached us for one of our beautiful hoopback benches, to feature as part of Historic Royal Palaces’ new exhibition, The Express and the Gardener.

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth, the exhibition of rare watercolours  by John Spyers, an assistant to Brown are now on display and explores the famous English gardener’s surprising influence on the Russian Empress, Catherine the Great, who was passionate about all things English and created English palaces and gardens in St Petersburg.

Forming part of the exhibition, our lovely two seat hoopback in flat steel is featured in the centre of a small courtyard display designed to evoke a corner of the kitchen garden where Brown was Chief Gardener. On show at the exhibition until early September, our classic Regency design bench in invisible green is ideal for creating the period feel that was sought for the set.

If you do get chance to visit the exhibition this summer, do pop by and see our hoopback in situ!

Some ‘in progress’ pics below….

invisible green hoopback bench in flat steel

our 2 seat hoopback bench


Courtyard depicting kitchen garden


View to courtyard from exhibition



Jason finishes his NHIG course

Jason has finished his National Heritage Ironwork Group One-year course (Advanced Skills of Ironwork Restoration) with flying colours.

The NHIG organising team arranged a day at Hampton Court for all the students which was an opportunity to award prizes and celebrate their achievements. Jason took his family up to London for the event and received a special award from Dave Field his course assessor for “Progress in Conservation in Heritage Iron work”.

Chris Topp NHIG Chairman, course tutors and placement sponsors were also present at the event, as well as friends and family of all the students. Everyone went on a tour of the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and the famous Tijou screens during the afternoon.

Jason is over the moon about his award (as was six-year old Olly who was very proud of his dad).  Jason said, ” It was a fantastic experience and a great way to bring closure to a year of hard work.”