The Larmer Tree Pleasure Grounds once attracted over 44,000 visitors a year. Music and entertainment, picnicing, plays and poetry recitals together with lawn tennis courts and dancing were very much associated with the gardens. However, following General Pitt Rivers death in 1900 the gardens closed.
From 1991 the Larmer Tree gardens were carefully restored by Michael Pitt Rivers – General Pitt Rivers’ grandson and in 1995 these beautiful gardens were once again opened to the public. Since the death of Michael Pitt Rivers in 1999, the Rushmore Estate has been owned by William Gronow Davis, who continues to develop the tradition established by General Pitt Rivers.
The Anonymous Travelling Market all began on Hambledon Hill in Dorset. Bemoaning the recession but inspired by the wonderful view from the top of the hill, Emma House and Rae Stormonth-Darling came up with the idea of The Anonymous Travelling Market. An idea to support local businesses through the credit crunch, to bring life and colour to the area and remind everyone why people chose to live in this wonderful part of the world. The ATM celebrates the best of the South West, whether it be local food, beer, arts, crafts, small businesses, or live music, our markets are a vibrant place to come, hang out and shop.
It was clear from the car park that there would be a lot of people visiting the Anonymous Travelling Market at the Larmer Tree Gardens today. However, once inside there is an air of tranquility and peace within the gardens. The Anonymous Travelling Market’s stalls were beautifully laid out on the East Lawn, where the sounds of toe tapping tunes from The Black Sheep enticed you deeper into the gardens, where an abundance of local people were eager to show and talk about the items on their stalls. Smells of coffee, and bread lingered in the air. A very peaceful, calm and most enjoyable afternoon.