Packwood House is a manor house near the village of Lapworth in the English county of Warwickshire . The timber-framed house in the Tudor style belongs since 1941 the National Trust and English Heritage has listed as a historic building, first degree. Inside there are many valuable pictorial works and fine furniture and the house is surrounded by a garden that is famous for its yew trees .
At first it was a modest half-timbered house that John Fetherston had built from 1556 to 1560. The last member of the Fetherston family died in 1876. In 1904 Alfred Ash , a Birmingham industrialist , bought the house. In 1925 it was inherited by Graham Baron Ash , who spent the next two decades building a Tudor-style house. He bought together an extensive collection of 16th and 17th century furniture, some of it from nearby Baddesley Clinton . The large barn of the house was converted into a large Tudor-style hall with a swing floor for dancing, and in 1931 it was connected to the main house by a large gallery.
In 1941, Ash bequeathed the house and gardens to the National Trust in memory of his parents, but continued to live there until 1947. Then he moved to Wingfield Castle .
John Fetherston , the lawyer, had the famous yew garden, with trees over 100 years old, laid out in the mid-17th century. The trimmed yews are supposed to represent "The Sermon on the Mount ". Twelve large yew trees are called the " apostles " and four of the large specimens in the middle are the " evangelists ". A narrow, helical path, lined with box hedges , leads to a hill called "The Mount". A single yew tree called "The Master" crowns its summit. The smaller yews are called "The Multitude" and were planted in the 19th century in place of an orchard.
The yew garden can be reached via a few steps and through a wrought-iron gate. The garden path follows a tree avenue that leads up a spiral hill where a wooden bench stands under a yew tree. This vantage point offers views of the house and over the yew garden.
Some of the yew trees around Packwood House are taller than 15 meters. The earth on the site has a high proportion of clay , which is harmful to the yew trees in wet weather. Therefore, parts of the garden are often closed to the public because restoration work has to be carried out. The house and gardens have been open to the public all year round since 2013.
Individual references and comments
- 2010 Handbook . National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, Swindon 2010. ISBN 978-0-7078-0410-1 . P. 255.
- Packwood House and Outbuildings to the North East . Historic England. English Heritage. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
- Gardens in Warwickshire . Gateway Gardens Trust. S. 9. 2007. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
- TourUK: Packwood House . Just Tour Limited. 2009. Archived from the original on October 13, 2016. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
- "Baron" in this case is not a title, but a part of the name.
- Andy Staveley: Packwood House . BirminghamUK. 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
- Allesley and Coundon Wedge Conservation Society: Baron Ash and Packwood House . Gateway Gardens Trust. S. 1. 2009. Archived from the original on September 3, 2011. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
- Anthony Blagg: Packwood House . Topiary in the United Kingdom. 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
- Packwood House . National Trust . Retrieved October 13, 2016.
- A History of the County of Warwick . Volume 5 (1949). British History Online.
- Andy Sturgeon, The Late Summer Border at Packwood House . The Guardian, (September 15, 2007).