26-27th: Kingswood Heritage Museum Bank Holiday Opening
Kingswood Heritage Museum
A major historical feature in the care of Kingwood Heritage Museum opens its gates to the public again on Bank Holiday 26/27 May, from 11.00am.
When William Champion's zinc making business in Warmley became successful in the eighteenth century, he built himself an elegant and imposing new house at the heart of his works. The surrounding gardens he added were particularly impressive, laid out in the then popular Dutch style. An essential feature of any large garden of that era was a grotto, and Champion's is thought to be the most extensive man-made grotto in the west country.
Another focal point was the large lake which was not only ornamental but also provided the water supply for the works. In the centre of the lake was an eight metre high stature of the Roman god Neptune with his trident. This is still there, and is believed to be the largest garden statue now standing in the country.