Ascog Hall Victorian Fernery & Garden26th August 2015 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
The sunken fernery has had a chequered history since its heyday in the 19th century when it was an object of considerable wonder. Carved out of solid rock and topped with a glazed roof, it housed a magnificent collection of ferns from around the world. Along with the surrounding garden and the house it fell into disrepair and dereliction after the 2nd World War but was rediscovered, restored and replanted in the 1990s. Recently, new owners have taken over and are working hard to revitalise the surrounding garden and ensure that the Fernery remains the remarkable place it is.