The Mystery Of Ashcombe Gardens In Simonsbath

It could have been one of Britain’s great estate gardens. But Simonsbath’s Ashcombe Gardens was never finished and what was planned for this secluded site remains one of Exmoor’s biggest mysteries.

Exmoor Radio was guided around Ashcombe by Exmoor National Park’s Conservation Manager Rob Wilson-North. Rob has been trying to piece together the plans of industrialist John Knight in order to recreate Knight’s garden vision.

Millionaire Knight wrote down very little. Rob has researched Knight’s family papers and arranged archaeological digs in his quest for clues, so the gardens can be recreated.

Rob Wilson-North