19 Nun Street

Susan and Ian invite you to visit their garden at 19 Nun Street

Open Saturday & Sunday

19 Nun Street (formerly 3 Cathedral Terrace), has been Sue’s “family home” for nearly 70 years.  The home has undergone various changes and extensions and the small garden has similarly changed. There remains in the garden, from times past, what is believed to have been a single room Cobbler’s Cottage. Recently this has been renovated from use as a tool shed and is now a study or ’get him out of the house’ room! Some planting from the 1970s is still just discernible.

After her father’s death, Sue’s mother Peggy and stepfather Toby Spens lived here together for 30 or more years.  While able, Toby provided stirling work and creative design to the garden.  After Peggy’s death in 2013, a major refurbishment of the cottage took place, which had a great impact upon the garden, so almost a blank sheet was presented to us (after retirement from Oxfordshire).  

Aerial photo of 19 Nun Street in the 1970s with Sue’s stepfather Toby in the garden.

Some ‘heritage’ plants remained and others have joined them from various homes/vicarages over the years, arriving in pots – our “mobile garden”. This garden, like any garden, is an experience of evolution. Being on a slope down from Nun Street looking towards the Cathedral, there are banks, low walls, grass, flowerbeds and ‘sitting out’ areas suitable for use while decrepitude impacts.  It is also exposed to the winds and cold which have battered us so much over this past winter/spring and this provides a prompt into the future – to discover and use only those plants which will not suffer overmuch from the peninsula weather.  

We hope you might like to come and enjoy the garden.  Kind words are welcome, but criticism is pointless – Ian is immune as he has had enough of that in the past – and please note that he hasn’t got a clue what the plants are called (try asking Sue).


There are steps, slopes, paths, trip hazards – including those presented by flower pots, and various flower beds, so visitors will need to be cautious and mindful for their safety.  Maybe staying on the patio, sitting a while, and looking from the garden, over the Cathedral to the hills and coast beyond, will be sufficient, particularly if you are a buggy or wheelchair user.

We will try to offer some refreshments but can’t guarantee it at this stage.