The labyrinth or maze is associated with Greek mythology, but the Romans introduced the patterns into their gardens. They were interested in location, any site with uninterrupted views.

A modern turf maze in Burghley Gardens (HE Grade II*) (Image: Steffie Shields)

Julian’s Bower

‘Julian’s Bower’ is a 12-metre turf maze on a hillside at Alkborough, overlooking the confluence of the River Ouse and River Trent, near an earthwork known as Countess Close. Whether this maze dates from the Roman invasion, or medieval times, it was first recorded in 1697. Succeeding generations have ensured its survival.

‘Julian’s Bower’ at Alkborough (Image: John Carter)