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The garden of Crowe Hall is placed on a steep site. From different parts of the garden there are views over the trees to Prior Park, Widcombe and the city of Bath.

The main entrance to the garden is from Widcombe Hill. The drive curves round to the house. To the north, the garden is bounded by a high wall running along Widcombe Hill.

The main area of the garden in the south and west consists of a series of terraces and small secluded gardens. The lower terraces are wooded. There is a vast retaining wall running north-west to south-east. A series of paths runs along the length of the terraces. In the eastern part of the garden is a large meadow. 

Some features of the garden, most notably the lawns and beds nearest the house, are well-maintained. However, lack of sufficient gardening staff means that much of the garden is untended. 

The following is from the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. For the most up-to-date Register entry, please visit the English Heritage website:

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/protection/process/national-heritage-list-for-england/

Crowe Hall has a 19th to early 20th century formal villa garden, which includes works undertaken by William Carmichael for Henry Tugwell in the mid 1870s.

LOCATION, AREA, BOUNDARIES, LANDFORM, SETTING

Crowe Hall, an irregular hillside site of about 3 hectares, occupies the west-facing slope immediately above St Thomas à Becket's church and Widcombe Manor in the south-eastern outskirts of Bath. To the south-west its boundary is formed by Church Lane and to the north by Widcombe Hill. To the east the site is enclosed by fields. Crowe Hall's position on the hillside offers exceptional views across the valley to Prior Park to the south and over Bath to the west.

REFERENCES

J Horticulture & Home Farmer, 53 (11 October 1906), pp 342-3

J Sales, West Country Gardens (1980), pp 143-6

Inspector's Report: Crowe Hall, (English Heritage 1984)

Inspector's Report: Crowe Hall, (English Heritage 1989)

S Harding and D Lambert, Parks and Gardens of Avon (1994), pp 87, 114
 

 

Description rewritten: September 2001

Amended: October 2001

Edited: January 2004

Site designation(s)

Conservation Area Reference Bath

English Heritage Listed Building Grade II Reference Crowe Hall and orangery

English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England Grade II Reference GD1533

Principal building:

Mansion house Created 1760 to 1800

Crowe Hall is a classical Bath stone mansion. It was built around 1760, re-built around 1800 and since then continuously re-modelled. After a serious fire in 1926, the west front was completely re-built. The entrance front has a giant portico. The orangery at the western end was built in the 1880s.

Designation status: English Heritage Listed Building Grade II

Environment

Terrain: Steep site.