Croome Court

by Gethin Thomas March. 13, 2021 255 views

This was the part two of the photo trip I made which started with Besford Church.

Croome Court is a mid-18th-century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by extensive landscaped parkland at Croome D'Abitot, near Upton-upon-Severn in south Worcestershire, England. The mansion and park were designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown for the 6th Earl of Coventry, and they were Brown's first landscape design and first major architectural project. Some of the mansion's rooms were designed by Robert Adam. The Church of St Mary Magdalene that sits within the grounds of the park is owned and cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.

The mansion house is owned by Croome Heritage Trust and leased to the National Trust, which operates it as a tourist attraction. The National Trust owns the surrounding parkland, which is also open to the public.

Temple Greenhouse was designed by Robert Adam. As of 2016 it is used as a tea room.

This Grade I listed building was completed in 1763. It is seen here with large sash windows in the front of it, but now only the grooves where they used to slide can be seen. It housed the Earl's collection of exotic plants and was heated in the winter by a fire lit in a brick bothy at the back, then the heat was channelled underneath through gaps in the floor.

This Grade I listed building was built in 1763 by Capability Brown for the Earl of Coventry. A medieval church nearer the Court was demolished to make way for this church, the interior of which was designed by Robert Adam. The church is owned and cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.

The Grade 2 listed bridges were built in the 1790s and are early examples of wrought iron bridges. They were constructed to replace wooden bridges which had been put in during the 1750s when the lake was dug out by hand as part of ‘Capability’ Brown’s grand design for the landscape.

Over time, much of the timber decking has rotted and as part of the properties on-going restoration, essential repair works were undertaken to restore them to their former glory.

The Island Pavilion below.

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Camellia Staab 6 months, 1 week ago

#16 is a beautiful composition with the sky and the arch, but so odd to see the wooden fence.

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Camellia Staab 6 months, 1 week ago

That's very National Trust. It's a bit of a running joke here that the National Trust collect all these unique properties, apply the same corporate rules to them all and end up with a unified look. Decades ago every NT tea room was unique and run by volunteers, usually retired ladies who home baked. You wouldn't get the same offering in any two properties. Then came the corporate carrot and coriander soup brigade and the coleslaw and baked potato. Still run by volunteers but they are just canon fodder, cheap labour. Every gift shop the same. It's why many have left and cancelled their membership and that was before they started putting up signs about how racist some of the previous owners were in 1675. They do say get woke go broke.

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