Cedars Park Artwork by Susanne Nielebock

Local artist Susanne Nielebock produced these wonderful paintings depicting scenes at Theobalds Palace and Cedars Park. To view more of her work, please visit her website at www.susanne-nielebock.com. Nielebock is a volunteer at the Lowewood Museum, and her interest in local history is reflected in many of her pieces. All are fine-liner drawings with professional marker.

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The Cedars in 1860. This appears to be the view from the Flint Arch. The pool of water was designed to reflect the arch in the view from the house.

Henry and Valerie Meux with their zebras at Temple Bar in 1890. This structure stood at Theobalds Park from 1880 to 2001. The poses are inspired by an old photograph of the couple.

The Cedars in 1910. The central part was destroyed by fire on 18/9/1913.

A very large Cedar of Lebanon once stood in the park. This drawing shows the former layout of the paths in this area. Using this scene for comparison, there is not much difference in today's layout. An Atlas Cedar now stands in place of this tree.

This bench was added in 2019, and is inspired by nature with cutouts of flowers & butterflies.

Lady Meux with two tigers. Neither she or Henry ever actually hunted or kept tigers. However, Hedworth Meux shot two tigers and a leopard while on a hunting expedition with George V (at the time Prince of Wales), which were stuffed and exhibited in Cedars Park. Unfortunately, one of the tigers was stolen, and the Lowewood Museum (of local history) now holds the animals for preservation and display.

In 1915, some of Admiral Meux's officer friends visited him at Theobalds Park. They travelled there by air balloon, and while landing, the grapple hook ripped down half of a chimney. The chimney still contains visible grooves from this incident. This painting shows what Nielebock thinks it may have looked like.

Roses at Temple Bar. Lady Meux had this structure dismantled, transported from London, and reconstructed in Theobalds Park. It has now been returned to London.