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Croome Court

Expect the unexpected. Incredible innovation, devastating loss, remarkable survival and magnificent restoration. All in one place
Step into what remains of a secret wartime air base, now our Visitor Centre, where thousands of people lived and worked in the 1940s. Walk through a masterpiece in landscape design, which is 'Capability' Brown's very first. Over the last 17 years we have painstakingly restored what was once a lost and overgrown 18th century parkland and we’re continuing this work today.

Find Croome Court, the home of the Earls of Coventry, at the heart of the park, which has been patiently waiting for its revival. Its time has come in 2014 as Croome Redefined starts to pull this glorious yet faded house back from the brink. Explore un-restored spaces and the intricate repair works which will see the house change forever.
CC001. The rear entrance -  the front entrance is currently being restored as much of the house is.
CC001. The rear entrance - the front entrance is currently being restored as much of the house is.
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CC004.  Two of these lady beasts guarded the rear entrance.
CC004. Two of these lady beasts guarded the rear entrance.
CC005.  The other one!
CC005. The other one!
CC006. The grounds are huge by modern standards, but it was once very much larger, but a lot of land was sold off
CC006. The grounds are huge by modern standards, but it was once very much larger, but a lot of land was sold off
CC007. Of no use, but built to impress.
CC007. Of no use, but built to impress.
CC008. One of the four bridges that take the visitors around the lake.
CC008. One of the four bridges that take the visitors around the lake.
CC009.  A building built for effect,so ladies could sit in the shade.
CC009. A building built for effect,so ladies could sit in the shade.
CC010. A grotto, built for amusement, it serves no purpose.
CC010. A grotto, built for amusement, it serves no purpose.
CC011. A statue at the grotto.
CC011. A statue at the grotto.
CC012.  Another view of the lake, the deckchairs where placed around the lake.
CC012. Another view of the lake, the deckchairs where placed around the lake.
CC013. A view of Croome Court through the tree by the lake.
CC013. A view of Croome Court through the tree by the lake.
CC014. A statue we found on way to the Church.
CC014. A statue we found on way to the Church.
CC015.  The Orangery
CC015. The Orangery
CC016. Inside the Orangery with a rather small specimen.
CC016. Inside the Orangery with a rather small specimen.
CC017.General view of Croome Court from the grounds.
CC017.General view of Croome Court from the grounds.
CC018. The Church in the grounds.
CC018. The Church in the grounds.
CC019.  A large church no longer used for worship, as the owners of Croome Court are now long gone.
CC019. A large church no longer used for worship, as the owners of Croome Court are now long gone.
CC020.At least it is being preserved.
CC020.At least it is being preserved.
CC021.A few images of the interior - the next  four.
CC021.A few images of the interior - the next four.
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CC025. The history of the church, hope you a can read most of it.
CC025. The history of the church, hope you a can read most of it.
CC026. Now inside the building - the was the old hall, not the best lighting conditions (no flash allowed)
CC026. Now inside the building - the was the old hall, not the best lighting conditions (no flash allowed)
CC027.Much has be restored so facsimiles are put in place.
CC027.Much has be restored so facsimiles are put in place.
CC028. The ceiling in the great hall.
CC028. The ceiling in the great hall.
CC029.One of the restored fireplaces, until the advent of central the only way to heat the house.
CC029.One of the restored fireplaces, until the advent of central the only way to heat the house.
CC030. An ornate door way, no expense spared.
CC030. An ornate door way, no expense spared.
CC031. An ornate ceiling one of many.
CC031. An ornate ceiling one of many.
CC032.   The fireplace in large hall - this says it all.
CC032. The fireplace in large hall - this says it all.
CC033. This room was stunning and the images do not do it justice, sways of fruit hung from every wall
CC033. This room was stunning and the images do not do it justice, sways of fruit hung from every wall
CC034.A close up of the sways of fruit.
CC034.A close up of the sways of fruit.
CC035. A period fireplace of 18th  Century - if you ignore the 13amp power sockets
CC035. A period fireplace of 18th Century - if you ignore the 13amp power sockets