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Gardens, Hope End, Colwall

SMR Number
: 4825
Grid Reference
: SO 72 41
Parish
: COLWALL, HEREFORDSHIRE

Early C19 picturesque woodland and shrubbery. Hope End built in Moorish/ Indian style for E M Barrett before 1812. Most Prob designed by J C Louden. Childhood home of E Barrett. House demolished 1873. Orig and adjacent stable block remains. Walled kitchen garden believed to be C18 200m SE. Further mansion built 1873, gutted by fire 1910. Original formal gardens gone but surrounding woodland with mature tress etc remains in part (1)
Edward Moulton-Barrett, father of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, purchased Hope End estate in 1809. The medieval park had belonged to the Bishop of Hereford, and had formed part of Colwall Park. Hope End lies in the W part of the original park. The house was built in the 1750s, but Moulton-Barrett had a new house built to the SE. This was in a Moorish style, with unusual minarets at the E end and a luxurious interior. It was mostly demolished in 1873 when another new house was built. Moulton-Barrett's house had a picturesque landscape of which much E of the house has survived. To the S, rock cutting was carried out to improve the views and create pools. Lawn lay E of the house, and there may have been walks and garden buildings. The walled kitchen garden, with a heated N wall, is W of the house. It is now restored. The valley has specimen trees, especially conifers. (5)

Monument Type(s)

  1. LANDSCAPE PARK (19th Century - 1801 AD to 1900 AD)

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Protected status

  1. Registered Park or Garden (II) 1193: HOPE END

Associated Historic Landscape Character Records

  1. HHE366 - Small Compass Enclosure of the Landscape - Estate Division