Worth ParkPound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, England Lottery funded with the help of Worth Park Friends
The Friends and Crawley Borough Council have been working together since June 2009 to secure Heritage Lottery Fundingfor Worth Park. Some of our members worked already on the first bid for Lottery funding which was submitted in 2007 by our predecessors, the Friends of Worth Park Gardens. This public park and the former stable block, Ridley’s Court, are all that remains of a former country estate which was owned by a branch of the Montefiore family. After the First World War, Milton Mount College, a boarding school for girls, bought the Montefiore mansion and parts of the landholdings. The school relocated in 1960 and sold the site to Crawley Borough Council (1963). Main features of the park are Ridley’s Court, containing a fully refurbished meeting room and interpretation centre, the formal gardens with the Camellia Walk- which is unique in its design -, the large PulhamFountain, an Italianate Terrace (also by James Pulham and Son), Croquet lawns and the lake with its four small islands.
Some of our camellias were already in flower on 26/11/2017, here shown bathed in the last rays of late autumn sun, photo: Ingrid Payne; the large Pulham Fountain on a glorious autumn morning 28/10/2017, photo: Michael Good - Wood carving of the Montefiores’ prized Channel Island Cattle (detail) - Grey Wagtail (7/9/2017), last two photos by Tom Howard-Jones
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Our aim is to support and encourage restoration of the historic features of the gardens