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Carriage Splash Repaired: National Trust

Repairs to an 18th century carriage splash have been completed in a National Trust parkland, near Worcester. In the 18th century the 6th Earl of Coventry would have transported his guests around Croome’s park in a horse drawn carriage taking a scenic route from the woodland across the river towards Park Seat with panoramic views of the parkland.

At the southern end of the ‘river’ they would have needed to cross the river at the carriage splash, which is a feature similar to a ford, creating a bit of excitement as the water splashed around them as they sped across it.

“It’s wonderful to see this important piece of the carriageway circuit repaired,” said Katherine Alker, Croome’s Garden and Outdoors Manager. “The route across the carriage splash links South Park with West Field and is a lovely walk to take in the parkland.”

A recent survey of the carriage splash showed that it was in desperate need of essential repair works as it had become damaged from water gouging a section of it out.

Repair works commenced in August by Birch Brothers of Stourport and approximately 20 tonnes of blue lias stone, the same stone that would be been used in the original structure, was laid. The new stone has been laid covering the 10 metre long carriage splash to create a long lasting surface. The crazy paving style surface can be clearly seen as water levels are extremely low at the moment. However, it’s expected that water levels will begin to rise over the coming months and it’s hoped that it will be covered by a shallow layer of water as it would have been when horse drawn carriages used to travel over it many years ago.

The parkland at Croome has been under the care of the National Trust since 1996 and the carriage splash repairs are just one of many conservation projects that have been undertaken to bring this ‘Capability Brown’ parkland back to its former glory.

Every penny spent at Croome such as entrance fees, buying a cup of tea or a gift in the shop helps generate an income which goes towards the restoration of the property.

Croome is open throughout the year. The park and lakeside are open from 10am until 4.30pm and Croome Court is open from 11am to 4pm every day. Disabled parking nearby. Normal admission applies.