The Garden in Warmley, South Gloucestershire, was originally created by the 18th century industrialist William Champion. It is designated Grade II on the UK Parks & Gardens Register and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, together with Champion’s brass mill, which houses Kingswood Heritage Museum, and his original pin factory, known as the Clock Tower. The Garden contains a number of historic 18th century features that are all listed Grade II: The Grotto, Statue of Neptune, Snail Viewing Mound, Boat House, Echo Pond, Summer House and Ice House. It also forms part of a Conservation Area together with the Brass Mill, Clock Tower and Champion’s Grade II* house, now a residential home. The Conservation Area is currently (2019) on the Historic England At Risk Register and described as in a ‘very bad’ condition and ‘deteriorating’.
A Friends group has been created and formalised their arrangements with a vision statement, aims and objectives that are shown on the attached documents. This is a first step on the creation of a working group to regenerate this neglected site.
The first formal meeting of the group was held in January 2020 and plans made for implementation.
The Friends would welcome any involvement from AGT members or supporters to assist in this restoration. If you feel you can contribute to this project please contact us [email protected] and we will put you in touch with the Friends.
Further information on William Champions Garden at Warmley may be found in our Journal Publication No.8 obtainable from the Museum or [email protected]