Due to our long history of producing lead garden ornaments, H.Crowther has possibly the largest collection of period lead ornamentation. This has enabled us to help provide true copies of pieces that have been lost over the years.
Throughout the twentieth century, our collection has played an important role for garden designers to draw upon. As Gertrude Jekyll, the outstanding Edwardian garden designer remarked ; "There can scarcely be a doubt that the happiest material for our garden sculpture and ornament is lead" and it was our company who supplied lead statuary and ornament to the newly created Jekyll gardens at Hestercombe and Hidcote Manor. H. Crowther were also supplying pieces to many of the fine 18th century gardens being restored at this time ; indeed it's said that there are very few important gardens where you cannot find at least one example of our work.
In recent years we have had the honour to resupply and restore ornaments for many important gardens such as Sissinghurst Castle, Hestercombe, Great Fosters, Dartington Hall, Ightham Mote, Stowe, Longleat, Hampton Court Palace and Hidcote Manor with ornamentation cast from the original moulds, due to pieces being lost or sold.
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We were especially pleased when asked by the National Trust to replace the unassuming Hush Boy Fountain that sits in the pond at Bateman's, the Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling.
We supplied the original and also restored the beautiful Elizabethan Girl that stands within the rose garden.
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