Harold Ainsworth Peto

Harold Ainsworth Peto
Birth and death
1854 - 1933
Profession details
Architect, Garden Designer
Related place
Alistair Grant

Harold Ainsworth Peto (1854-1933), architect and garden designer. He founded an architectural partnership with Ernest George in 1876. However, in 1892 he resigned to travel on the continent and later to Egypt in 1892-3, Sicily in 1895, and the Far East in 1898, where he studied gardens and plants. His travel writing in Japan gives passionate accounts of plants and gardens. A stipulation of leaving the partnership with George was not to practice as an architect in England, but left him free to design gardens and garden buildings on which his reputation now rests. His first garden design was for his friend Henry Seymour Trower (1843-1912) at Bridge House, Weybridge, in the late 1890s. Peto's own garden at Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, which he developed throughout the early 1900s, is his greatest legacy. His garden designs in England and on the French Riviera are among the finest of all Edwardian garden and garden architectural designs.

See: R. Whalley, The great Edwardian gardens of Harold Peto (2007), and H. A. Peto, The boke of Iford (1993)

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