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Designing on a grand scale

In 1992 I took up a job as art director at Summerhouse Publishing whose clients at the time included Saab, Renault and Little Chef. The company had been based on Charing Cross Road in London but relocated to Norfolk. Helen and myself moved from our flat in Crouch End and bought an old Victorian walled kitchen garden that was once part of Garboldisham manor. The house that we moved into at the walled garden was a clever conversion from the old potting sheds, gardeners’ bothy and vine house – and it straddled either side of the 15 foot high wall that enclosed the one acre kitchen garden. The house was crowned by an ‘observation turret’ that carried the twin flues of the fireplaces. The garden had a small patch of lawn adjacent to the house but otherwise it was a tangle of weeds and there was little evidence that it had once been a thriving and productive kitchen garden apart from a few broken and rusty wires on some of the walls upon which fruit …