Beaucastle 5917

Bewdley, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, England

Brief Description

Beaucastle is a house of 1877 in the Venetian Gothic style. A garden was laid out around the house, later expanded to include a half-acre lake with ornamental bridge, pergola and arch, as well as a terrace walk overlooking the flower garden.

History

The grounds were divided into plots for cultivation by members of the Guild of St. George. They have since evolved into ornamental gardens.

Features
Ornamental Bridge, Lake, Terrace, Ornamental Bridge, Lake, Terrace
Access & Directions

Directions

One mile south-west of Bewdley via the A456.
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Bewdley
History

Detailed History

The house at Beaucastle was built in 1877 to the design of William Doubleday for George Baker.

Baker was a friend of John Ruskin and a fellow member of the Guild of St. George. The house was designed in the Venetian Gothic style, reflecting Ruskin's promotion of that style.

Baker let plots in the grounds around the house to artisans for their own cultivation, as an ideal community. As time passed these plots became cultivated as part of the expanding garden attached to the house.

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