In 1847, work began at Lamport on one of the first Alpine Gardens, or Rockeries, in England. The Rockery was populated with small figures from Nuremberg and the idea of the garden gnome was born. Only one original gnome has survived, and can be viewed on a tour of the Hall. The gnome has featured on national television.
Lamport Hall is a fine example of John Webb’s domestic architectural work. Webb was a pupil of Inigo Jones, the surveyor of the king’s works. Lamport is among Webb’s most substantial domestic works. Webb built a new wing for Sir Justinian, 2nd Baronet, between 1654 and 1657 in the fashionable Italianate style. One of the few remaining Webb pieces, Lamport has an original John Webb design fireplace with Weldon stone surround; it has a wooden overmantle where the Isham crest and coat of arms can be seen.