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Brief description of site

Hill Close Gardens are a group of 27 small hedged plots occupying a 1.25 hectare east-facing site to the south of Linen Street in Warwick. These are Victorian pleasure gardens with lawns, borders and vegetables. Some small brick summerhouses survive.

Brief history of site

Groups of small rented gardens were common in large towns in the late-18th and early-19th century. Very few of these sites survive: Hill Close Gardens is one such. The site was previously a field, divided into gardens in 1845. The basic layout of the site remained unchanged until the early-20th century, when some housing development encroached. The site was bought by the Council for housing and car parking in the 1970s. The gardens became neglected, but restoration was undertaken after planning consent lapsed in 1994.

Location information:

Address: Hill Close Gardens, Linen Street, Warwick, CV34 4DU

Locality: Warwick

Local Authorities:

Warwickshire; Warwick

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 151 Grid Ref: SP278648
Latitude: 52.2807 Longitude: -1.59393

Directions:

Through the main Racecourse gate, off Friar Street in Warwick. Parking signposted.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

he site is open from April to October. Saturdays and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm, Fridays and Sundays 2pm to 5pm. Please see:
http://hillclosegardens.com/visit-us/ or telephone 01 926 493339 (Centre Manager).

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: pleasure ground

Site first created: After 1845

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1.25

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