registered gardens

Gardens on the National Register:

Historic England administers the national Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. Sites of exceptional interest are categorized as Grade I. Grade II* indicates a site of particular importance and more than special interest. Grade II is of special interest warranting every effort to preserve it.

Inclusion on the Register does not bring statuary control but it does require local authorities to make provision for such sites as ‘material considerations’ in their plans.

Unfortunately, a handful of the county’s registered sites also appear on Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ Register. Currently these include Hatherop Castle, thought to have been worked on by Richard Woods, a contemporary of ‘Capability’ Brown, and three of the 18th century garden buildings surrounding Barrington House; one of which was tentatively linked by the architectural historian John Harris to the design genius of William Kent. Alfred’s Tower in Cirencester Park also appears on Historic England’s list of buildings ‘At Risk’. Swathed in scaffolding in an effort to halt its collapse; this would be a tragic loss. It is widely recognised as the first Gothic revival garden building constructed in England, and the product of the lively friendship of the poet Alexander Pope and the owner of Cirencester Park, Lord Bathurst.