Make a garden drama with statement urns

Wednesday, November 27 , 2019

Make a garden drama with statement urns

However grand or petite your garden is nothing oozes drama like a well placed urn. Plain or planted, they add a focal point to draw the eye. Step back in time with period details as we look as the best of British drama to inspire your own garden design.

Create your own Crow Nest

Gentleman Jack on BBC1 made us all think differently about love. Set in 1832 when Queen Victoria was still a teenage princess, the same sex romance takes place in Halifax with an opulent backdrop.  The personalities of the lovers contrast as much as their homes do. Anne Lister‘s stuffy Tudor Shibden Hall is dark and brooding, while Ann Walker’s Crow Nest depicts a 19th Century dream. Sporting bold wallpaper, velvet and satin upholstery in lavish greens and gold, that surrounded the heiress, Miss Walker. A lady swamped in emotion and lavish dresses with sleeves puffed to extremes that Anne Shirley of Green Gables (by L.M. Montgomery), could only dream of!

Sophie Rundle and Suranne Jones star in BBC’s Gentleman Jack

Being garden geeks, we really loved the shots of multiple urns on pedestals that lined the entrance to Crow Nest. Each time Anne Lister strode up to visit her lady love these beauties were in shot. Filmed at Sutton Park, a Georgian house near York owned by the parents or former Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron.

You can recreate the look with our William Kent and Chalybeate urns and pedestals. Line them in a semi circle with your front door between the center pair. Or place a feature urn in your front lawn.

Chilstone’s Chalybeate Urn designed to adorn the roof above the Chalybeate Spring in Royal Tunbridge Wells where they still reside today.

Chilstone’s William Kent urn on a pedestal in a formal front garden design to create a dramatic entrance.

Make your entrance a Blinder!

Paul Anderson, Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory are the the stars of Peaky Blinders.

When Tommy Shelby’s fortunes rise in BBC1’s Peaky Blinders, he moves out of urban Birmingham to his country retreat. This impressive residence has that wow factor to show off his high status and fortune. However undesirable Tommy’s business methods are in Peaky Blinders, there is nothing dodgy about the beautiful lidded urns, set as finials above his gate posts! This display screams success, a far cry from his humble beginnings that by series three, he has left far behind him. Tommy Shelby’s story starts in 1919 and moves though the interwar years. The scenes in his country home were filmed at Arley Hall in Cheshire.

Lidded urns, set as finials on the gateposts at Arley Hall.

You don’t need a huge stately home to get the look, our Fluted Urn with Lid works just as well on pedestals as well on gate piers to create that Blinders vibe in your home.

Chilstone’s Fluted Urn with Lid is shown here on a pedestal, but works well in pairs as finials.

If you do have a large gated entrance our Longleat urns look impressive paired as finials.

Downton down town

The large cast of Downton Abbey, led by Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

Now most of us can’t afford a grand estate of Downton Abbey proportions, but we can squeeze a cheeky urn in our front lawn! Feel like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham without the team of servants and Mrs Hughes the Housekeeper to keep things in shape. Just watching Lady Mary prove she can run the estate as well as any man makes us feel exhausted! This is a long running ITV series is set in 1912, through to the 1920’s. Filmed at Highclere Castle in Berkshire.


If you don’t have a 1000 acre estate you can still recreate a formal garden in your space. Add well trimmed box hedging with an eye-catching urn to transform your garden into something extra ordinary and gentrified. Try our Vine or Florence Nightingale urns to get the look. Our Florence Nightingale Urn originated from Embley Park, the family home of the famous nurse. Our experts were asked to restore the crumbling urn found at the estate to its former glory.

Chilstone’s Vine Urn on a pedestal in a formal garden design.

Chilstone restored a crumbling urn discovered at Embley Park, home of Florence Nightingale. The intricate detailing was restored by hand.

Reformed Classic

The drama doesn’t end there! This Christmas the BBC will transport viewers back to Victorian London with a haunting three-part drama.  This spine chilling adaptation of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, stars Guy Pearce as the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge and Dr. Who’s Vinette Robinson as Mrs. Crachet. The home of the black heart Scrooge was actually filmed in the gorgeous Rainham Hall, in Essex

Guy Pearce as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

However grim the story may be in the fictitious Lime Street address where Scrooge experiences his nightmares, the real life the house is bursting with charm. The exterior is cleverly styled with a  mix of garden ornaments to maximise the stature of the property. Classic ball finials add a polished finish to gateposts without distracting from the statement urns on pedestals that draw the eye towards the grand portico at its center. This house is too beautiful for the miser Scrooge!

Create an entrance by adding a pair of ball finials to gateposts. They even work on a rustic garden wall, teaming with trailing plants to transform it into an inviting walkway.

Chilstone’s ball finials add elegance wherever they are situated.


Add our Victoria Urn for elegance all year round. The handcrafted swags are a beautiful focal point in every season, with the frost glistening on the detailing when most flowerbeds are dormant in winter.

Chilstone’s Victoria Urn with floral swags.

We’re no Scrooge!

In the spirit of saving without the scrimp, we are offering a 20% discount across our wide range of urns this week. Keep an eye on our sale page up until Christmas Eve as our offers change each week on everything from fountains to finials, so you can add drama to your garden and not your bank balance! Give our team a call on 01892 740866 or visit our show garden. 

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