Mikes Mazes


Who are the mazemakers?

Bowen, Dewi lives in Wales and is a specialist in Celtic history as well being a maze designer.

Bright, Greg was the designer of the Longleat Hedge maze, The longest maze in the world.

Burgess, Graham is an accomplished plantsman and designer with specialisms in Period Gardens; Historic Gardens; Aquatic Features; Public and media attractions and Mazes and Labyrinths. He designed the Labyrinth of Love at Longleat. Graham's CV.

Coate, Gilbert Randoll Born 1909, Died 2005. Coate was a British diplomat and maze designer. He has designed many mazes for private gardens but has also worked with Adrian Fisher and Graham Burgess on several projects. His first maze was built in 1975 and most of his collaborative work was done in the 80s. These include the mazes at Leeds Castle, Kent and Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. He has created mazes in Belgium and Sweden. Many of his mazes incorporate shapes of signigance to the maze owner but only visible from the air.

Daedalus, mythical Greek architect and sculptor, who was said to have built, among other things, the paradigmatic Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete. Daedalus fell out of favour with Minos and was imprisoned; he fashioned wings of wax and feathers for himself and for his son Icarus and escaped to Sicily. Icarus, however, flew too near the Sun, and his wings melted; he fell into the sea and drowned.

Fisher, Adrian, one of the world's leading and most prolific maze designers. Adrian has designed and created mazes in the grounds of palaces, castles, stately homes, zoos, amusement parks, children's museums, science centres, universities, schools, city centres and farms. His mazes can be found on five continents in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina and South Korea. Link to Adrian's Maze World.

Heyes, Lindsay and Edward are brothers and the creators of the Jubilee Maze at Symonds Yat. Their web site is here.

London, George. Born 1681, Died 1714. A nurseryman and garden designer. He was apprenticed to John Rose and later became a partner in the Brompton Park Nursery, Like many later designers he toured England giving advice to noblemen. His style was as near as any English designer came to the French High Baroque. Worked at Bushey Park and Hampton Court Palace.

Nesfield, William Andrews Born 1793, Died 1881. Nesfield’s first passion had been for watercolour painting, but this later changed to landscape gardening. After the original arboretum at Kew became too overcrowded, Nesfield was asked to design a new one. His extensive plans included a number of vistas stemming from the Palm House, a parterre and remodelling the Palm House Pond. He was the original landscaper of the Regent's Park, and some of his trees still remain along Avenue Gardens, dating from the mid 19th century. He designed the mazes at Shrublands Hall, Suffolk (not open to the public), Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk and Worden Park, Lancashire. He also designed one that was built on what is now the site of the Science Museum in Kensington, London.

Stanhope, Philip Henry, Fourth Earl of Stanhope . Born 1781, Died 1855. The Earl of Stanhope was a mathematician who applied his knowledge of maths and map making to maze design. It was he who realised that he could defeat those who navigate by keeping one hand on the wall, by the introduction of the Island Maze. His designs often had a number of islands, or just isolated lengths of hedge, within the maze. In 1820 he designed the hedge maze at Chevening House, Kent. Unfortunately Chevening House is the official residence of the Foreign Secretary and is therefore not open to the public.

Warren, Adam describes himself as an on-line labyrinth enthusiast, maze maker and webweaver of the Caerdroia web site. His web page can be found here.

Wise, Henry. Born 1653, Died 1738. A gardener and garden designer, Wise was apprenticed to George London at the Brompton Nursery and later became his partner. Both drew their inspiration from France and Holland, favouring avenues and topiary. London and Wise worked together at Chelsea Hospital, Longleat, Chatsworth, Melbourne Hall and Castle Howard. Wise was appointed Royal Gardener to Queen Anne and George I. Worked at Kensington Gardens, Blenheim Palace and Bushey Park.