Warmley Historic Gardens
A walking tour of the remarkable and rare surviving Grade II designated mid 18th century garden of the industrialist William Champion. He built up what was then the largest brass mill in Europe at Warmley, creating a pleasure garden on part of his earlier works, encompassing a unique grotto with a series of grotesque ‘faces’, a giant Statue of Neptune, once in the middle of a 30 acre lake, a rare surviving ‘snail’ viewing mound and the ‘Echo Pond’.
The remains of what is thought to have been a boating house and a spillway are also extant, and a ‘Chequered Wall’. Uniquely, Champion used the residue from his works for most of his creations, in the form of clinker and copper slag blocks. The walk will last around one and a half hours, with the option to then visit the Kingswood Heritage Museum and cafe, encompassing Champion’s windmill and ice house, afterwards.
These visits are only avilable to GGLT members