Monday, 18 April 2016

Croome and Bylane

Earl's Croome is a village and civil parish near the Malvern Hills, Worcestershire. The village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book circa 1086, as Crumba. The first part of its name is derived from the Earl of Coventry who had Earl's Croome Court as a residence opposite the village church. It contains some gems including:


A two acre herbaceous garden, paddock with wildlife pond, vegetable garden, and chickens, wood with mature trees and bluebells to the rear of Croome Garden Centre.  Lovingly developed by the owners, converting an overgrown scrub-land over 20+ years. 

We have a blackbird who has adopted our garden but here 'Willy' Wagtail has taken on the mantle -

Croome Park and Manor

Croome Court is a mid 18th century Neo Palladian mansion surrounded by Croome Park which was Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. Croome Court was once home to the Earls of Coventry and is currently undergoing a significant repair programme.

Having undergone a number of incarnations, the foundations and core of Croome Court, including the central chimney stack structure, date back to the early 1640s. During the WW II it housed the Dutch royal family, who were escaping the Nazi occupation of Holland – also during the war the top secret base of RAF Defford occupied part of the Croome Court estate. The house was listed on 11 August 1952; it is currently Grade I listed. From 1979 to 1984 the hall was taken over by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement), who used it as their UK headquarters and a training college called Chaitanya College.

Croome Park has a man-made lake and river, statues, temples and other buildings with the Court as the central focus. The other buildings around the park include Gatehouses, a Grotto, a Church and buildings termed "eye-catchers". These are Pirton Tower, Panorama Tower, Dunstall Castle and Park Seat. They are set away from the core of the Park and are intended to draw the eye into the wider landscape.

St Mary Magdalene’s Church, perched commandingly on the hill, is a Grade I listed building and 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.

original bell mounts

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