‪Witley Court & Gardens‬

تعليقات حول - ‪Witley Court & Gardens‬, ‪Great Witley‬

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Worcester954 مساهمة
يونيو 2022
‪Well worth visiting to look around and ruins. The gardens are starting to look good.
The fountain is displayed to full potential a few times during the day.
Nice to walk through the woodland and around the lakes.
Dogs are allowed in all areas.
Only gripe would be £3 car parking charge. Tickets are £9 each so should that not cover the car park?‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 يونيو 2022
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cheryl brenton
برمنجهام, UK220 مساهمة
مايو 2022
‪a really lovely time ,the walks and garden and the church was wonderful ,and beautiful inside ,and tea rooms lovely can sit out side in the garden ,
the staff so helpful and a wonderful young man called david in the shop ,told us so much about the place he is amazing and we learned so much ,thank you david for all the info , a lovely place to have a picnic and nice walks well worth going x good children play area as well ,xxx‬
كُتب بتاريخ 22 مايو 2022
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Carol B
برمنجهام, UK5,367 مساهمة
أبريل 2022
‪Monday 25th April 2022, my husband and I went to visit Witley Court and Gardens under the care of the English Heritage.

Witley Court was once one of the great country houses of England, reaching its peak in the Victorian period when it was the setting for extravagant parties and royal entertainments. After a devastating fire in 1937, it then became one of the country’s most spectacular ruins. It is still possible to gain a sense of the opulence and scale of the 19th century interiors, as well as see the earlier layers of the buildings history laid bare by the fire.

For nearly two centuries Witley was closely associated with the Foley family of Malvern, whose fortunes were at first based on the iron industry. When Thomas Foley bought the Witley estate in 1655, Witley Court was a substantial Jacobean mansion, which had developed in turn from a medieval manor house.

The Foleys – whose business began with manufacturing nails – gradually abandoned the industrial base that had made them rich, concentrating instead on being landed aristocrats and politicians. The 1st Baron Foley (1673–1733) enlarged the house significantly, adding wings on either side.

In the mid-18th century the lake known as Front Pool was created to the north of the house by damming the brook that feeds it.

Sometime between 1772 and 1794, an ornamental woodland known as the wilderness was planted to the north-east, with walks laid out along the banks of the lake and brook.

By the early 19th century the family fortune was badly eroded. Thomas Foley VII (1780–1833), however – helped by an advantageous marriage – was able to commission John Nash, the leading Regency architect, to design a succession of ambitious alterations to Witley. These included the addition of two massive porticos to the north and south fronts in the early 19th century.

In 1833 the Foleys sold the Witley estate to the trustees of William Ward (1817–85). Although still a minor, Ward was one of the richest individuals in England. Like the Foleys, his fortune came from industry, in this case the income from more than 200 Black Country coal mines.
In the 1850s Witley Court reached its peak of grandeur when Ward, now 1st Earl of Dudley, commissioned the architect Samuel Daukes to remodel it.

The transformation, largely complete by 1860, involved recasting the austere exterior in Bath stone, in the ornate Italianate style used for the creation of Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A new curving wing was added at the south-west corner, leading to a vast glass-roofed conservatory.

Within the house, the Georgian interiors gave way to fashionably ornate decoration, much of it in the Louis XV style.

Lord Dudley’s immense wealth, generated largely by his industrial enterprises in the West Midlands, enabled his family to live an extraordinarily opulent life. An army of servants was involved in servicing the property and family. Their number was further swollen during the lavish house parties attended by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and his circle.

Dudley’s fortune also funded the creation of an ornate formal garden at Witley designed in the 1850s by William Andrews Nesfield, the leading garden designer of his day, to complement the remodelled mansion. Nesfield described the gardens at Witley Court as his ‘monster work’ and his additions included the grand formal parterres and the Perseus and Andromeda fountain.

The opulent Witley lifestyle became a thing of the past when, on the night of 7 September 1937, the head keeper spotted flames spurting from the roof above the servants’ rooms in the south-east corner of the great house. Fanned by a strong wind, the fire spread rapidly downwards into the reception rooms on the main floor. By the next day, much of the house was a smouldering shell.

Although the west side was unaffected, the then owner, Sir Herbert Smith, decided not to rebuild but to put the estate up for sale. Witley was never lived in again and was subsequently stripped and abandoned. Yet, as a ruin, it remains deeply evocative of a bygone age.

In the gardens, the south and east parterres have been restored by English Heritage to give an idea of their Victorian glory. At the centre of the south parterre, the Perseus and Andromeda fountain – one of the grandest in Europe – has been restored to working order and is a wonder to behold.

My husband and I took lots of photographs of this lovely building and its spectacular fountain. We strolled round these lovely gardens for two hours and then we were both in need of refreshments., so we made our way to The Garden Tearoom.

If you want a wonderful day out, then this is a lovely place to visit.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 14 مايو 2022
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ليستر, UK672 مساهمة
زوجان • أبريل 2022
‪This place is just stunning. The icing on the cake being the working fountain.

A huge site, so easy to socially distance. The ruins are very impressive and there are good information boards throughout. Beautiful parterre gardens and woodland walk too. There is also a children’s play area that has been made by a very talented carpenter which fits in very nicely into the area it’s in.

A perfect place for a picnic, but there is also a stunning tearoom next to the amazing church next door.

Highly recommended.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 1 مايو 2022
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Can Solo
‪Walsall‬, UK123 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • أبريل 2022
‪What a fantastic hidden gem this place is. People come from all over the world apparently just to visit the church alone. The tea room gardens are sublime, as is the fire ruined court itself, with one of the largest fountains in Europe. Admission to the church is free, and its only £10 per person into the ruins themselves. Will definitely be going vack with the dog. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 30 أبريل 2022
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Hailey Mc
برمنجهام, UK62 مساهمة
العائلة • يوليو 2021
‪Loved it here.
The weather was beautiful.
The grounds are huge
The ruins are amazing if you like history.
The fountains are stunning.
The lake is lovely
Plenty of places to eat a picnic.
There is alot of walking as it is huge.
There is an outdoor play area for the kids and they had some entertainment for the kids which was really good. i.e archery and a show
Again the gift shop isn't cheap 🙄 fed up of writing that on my reviews.
I've recommended this place to a few people since my visit and I can't wait to go back‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 أبريل 2022
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إيست أنجيليا, UK95 مساهمة
يونيو 2021
‪Popped by whilst in the area, only arriving about 1 1/2hrs before it closed. Rushed to the house and caught the fountain display with almost no visitors about. Fountain was very impressive and went on for a good amount of time. Rushed about to see the old orangery, then a quick trip down to the other fountain and formal gardens.
Not enough time to look around the house ruins but will need to return as would like to visit the nearby church.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 15 فبراير 2022
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D J Griffin
‪Ampthill‬, UK4 مساهمات
العائلة • يناير 2022
‪Made an unplanned visit with my 2 young daughters and my elderly mother, who has dementia. My poor mother had forgotten her handbag, and thus her members card, so was denied access, they wouldn’t even look her up and said we were attempting to gain free entry. Appalling, discrimination and totally unhelpful. I will be cancelling my family membership as will my mother her joint membership.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 يناير 2022
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‪Highley‬, UK34 مساهمة
العائلة • أكتوبر 2021
‪Had our first visit here early October, I’d never been to a EH before and so glad I did! We signed up for membership on the way out! This place is stunning. The fountains were on the sun out stunning! We’ve been a few times since, the cafe and fountains all closed. The lake is a nice walk and the parks are great fun.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 نوفمبر 2021
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كولشستر, UK15 مساهمة
زوجان • أكتوبر 2021
‪Visited this place whilst staying in the area and being English heritage members. Excellent place to see! Grounds and ruins are brilliant. Local church worth a visit too as amazing decor. Enjoyed a cuppa and cake in adjoining cafe too! Will definitely visit again when in the area!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 27 أكتوبر 2021
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