Prospect Cottage & Garden
This little black fisherman’s cottage became the famous film director, Derek Jarman’s last home. When he was diagnosed as HIV positive he increasingly dedicated his public life to Gay Rights issues.
Remote Prospect Cottage was the ideal ‘bolt-hole’. Dungeness is the sort of place where ‘profile’ is unimportant, what matters is whether a newcomer is willing to become a local.
Jarman was very happy at Dungeness and although an inexperienced gardener, he set about creating a garden on the inhospitable shingle. With the help of friends he used local plants and gathered flints and stones to form large circular beds and standing stones, or ‘dragon’s teeth’.
He also collected old fishing tackle, shells, broken garden tools, driftwood and pieces of twisted metal from old sea defences, using them as plant supports and garden sculptures. There are no boundary walls but the ‘front’ garden is more formal, and the ‘back’ garden more experimental.
Jarman’s 1989 film War Requiem
The garden featured in Jarman’s 1989 film War Requiem, and in the following year was the focal point of The Garden.
Please remember, Prospect Cottage is still a private residence. Treat the garden and surrounds with respect.
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