Calluna (54 Merdon Avenue)

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HCC Site ID: 1176 Parish: Chandlers Ford
Designations: Area: less 1 ha
Access: Historic site Ownership: Multiple Private

Location and Site

The site is situated on Merdon Avenue to the west of the old A33 Winchester to Chandlers Ford Road. In the 1900s much of the land was woodland and a right-of-way path still bounds the western boundary with more woodland trees on the southern one.

Calluna, Amy Doncaster's Garden 1980s

Calluna, Amy Doncaster’s Garden 1980s

Historic Development

The house was built in the 1930s. Until her death it had been the garden of well-known plants-woman, Amy Doncaster who had a collection of plants including snowdrops, narcissus, species and hybrids with woodland plants. The garden had been considered by English Heritage for listing but not included.
There was an article in the RHS Journal, 1986, by Roy Lancaster describing the plants.
After Amy Doncaster’s death the house remained empty for a few years until it was bought by developers in early 2000s. Specimen plants were removed by Roy Lancaster before re-development, following plannng permission in 2011, for three separate dwellings with demolition of the original 1930s house.

Current Description

In 2013, three separate dwellings were built on the site. Some mature woodland trees remain on the southern boundary.


Garden created in the 1930s by the renowned plantswoman, Amy Doncaster – house demolished, site now divided between three separate dwellings
Information: November 2014

Our address

Chandlers Ford Historic site Click for Disclaimer & copyright
50.99175835491946, -1.3805651664733887

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