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This fine Wellingtonia in a house named Little Ruffins, in Beacon Hill near Great Totham, was planted around a hundred years ago by the famous architect Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo (1851-1942). Great Ruffins, a larger house nearby, is also an example of his work and is in fact a listed building.

A noted designer of Art Nouveau, he was a friend of William Morris (founder of the Arts and Craft movement), with whom he was involved in setting up the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Over the years though, their paths diverged because Mackmurdo became more interested in the mass production and distribution to the masses of their designs.

Common Names and Latin Name Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Giant Redwood, Wellingtonia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
TL 85122 12731 260ft

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