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R E P L A C E M E N T

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.


S T O W E   H O U S E


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Arcadian Figures  at our Studio in West London

In 2015 we were contacted by the National Trust to help deliver an exciting programme of work to re-instate lost elements of the garden at Stowe.

Our association in this project was to help recreate the Circle of the Dancing Fawn, which is an important part of the Grecian Valley, first set out by Lancelot 'capability' Brown in the 1740s.

Drawing upon our wealth of moulds, we were able to supply Stowe House with the three Arcadian Figures that would complete this project in time for the tercentenary of Lancelot Brown's birth.



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Arcadian Figures now in situ at Stowe

S I S S I N G H U R S T    C A S T L E


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THE TOWNLEY URN 
 
Our company founder Mr H Crowther supplied the original Lead work to Vita Sackville West's emerging Sissinghurst Castle gardens.
 
So when the National Trust asked us if we could possibly replace the missing pair of Townley Urns, it was a simple case of casting the replacements using the exact same mould as we used for the originals.
The Adam Finials (below) that sit atop of the wall that runs down to the lake were also originally supplied by us and then replaced during the garden's recent restoration.
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H E S T E R C O M B E


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AN EARLY COMMISSION
 
In 1908 our company was approached by Sir Edwin Lutyens to supply a number of Cupid Boy Basket Planters for the garden rotunda at Hestercombe that he was redesigning along side Gertrude Jekyll.. Lutyens was a leading paticipant in the Arts and Crafts movement and thought these were the perfect ornament.
 
In recent years we were asked by the Hestercombe Garden Trust if it was possible to re-create them for the gardens restoration. It was a pleasure for us to be involved with such an important project. 

The recent Cupid Boy Basket Planter. (right) identical to our original ones. (left)

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B A T E M A N S


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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.


B O V E R I D G E    H O U S E

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We were able to reproduce an exact copy of the lead centre piece, when asked by Chris Beardshaw, for his Gold medal winning Chelsea garden in 2009. (centre)
 
The garden was inspired by Boveridge Park's canal Garden, (top left) and it's designers.
We took it from the same cast from which we made the original for the garden's original designers Thomas Mawson and Gertrude Jekyll.
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B O V E R I D G E    G A R D E N S


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M E R C U R Y
 
Mercury, messenger of the Gods. Made by H. Crowther Ltd for Boveridge house during the gardens restoration. It stands pefectly where Thomas Mawson wanted it to stand, within the circuler pond surrounded by the circuler planting first laid down by Gertrude Jekyll.

H I D C O T E







T O W N L E Y   U R N
 
Vita Sackville West's Sissinghurst Castle Gardens had a big influence on Lawrence Johnston's Hidcote Gardens. So it was only a matter of time before H. Crowther Ltd were asked to provide the Lead ornamentation.
 
As in so many cases we were able to provide the National Trust with true copies after the originals were lost.

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