The Original Garden Gnome

Lamport became the ‘home of the gnome’ under its Victorian Baronet, Sir Charles Isham. He began work on one of the first rockeries in England in 1847. Some 24 foot high, 90 foot long and 47 foot wide, it was built right up against the Hall so that Sir Charles could see it from his bedroom window.

The Rockery was populated with small figures from Nuremberg and the idea of the garden gnome was born. According to legend, after the death of Sir Charles the gnomes were shot with air rifles by his daughters. However they were lost, one survived and was discovered after WWII by Sir Gyles Isham. This original gnome can now be viewed in the Hall.

Why not become the proud owner of your very own original garden gnome? Porcelain replicas are available to purchase from the Hall priced at just £20.00 (+ £5.00 P&P, UK only). For more information, please contact the Hall on 01604 686272 or