Worth Park Italian terrace restoration completed

Councillor Duncan Crow shows off the completed work at Worth Park
Councillor Duncan Crow shows off the completed work at Worth Park

The restoration of the Italian terrace at Worth Park has been completed, the first part of the Sussex park's  £2.42 million restoration to be finished.

The Victorian feature in Crawley, Sussex was created by celebrated landscape gardeners and terracotta manufacturers James Pulham and Son at the end of the 19th century.

Urns have also been recreated using moulds made from the Victorian originals that once stood in the park and were traced back to a private garden in Clapham earlier this year.

The work was undertaken by contractors Cathedral Works Organisation Ltd and included cleaning of the existing stone features and replacing the missing Pulhamite terracotta in the Dutch Garden and Italian Terrace.

Cathedraw Works Organisation has previously carried out major stone repairs to the Italian gardens in  Kensington Gardens, London for The Royal Parks.

Crawley Borough Council cabinet member for leisure and cultural services councillor Duncan Crow said: "This first milestone in the restoration project will be something for visitors to admire for a long time. A lot of craftsmanship, care and hard work has gone into restoring these historic features."

The council with help from £2.42m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is one year into the five-year restoration project.



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