17 January, 2024
USL is pleased to be back at Warley Place in Brentwood to carry out consolidation works to the Orangery ruins. Working in partnership with The Architects Studio, scaffolding is now in place and we aim to have the works completed by the end of the year.
Now maintained as a nature reserve by Essex Wildlife Trust, this 25-acre reserve was the site of a large estate, a 17-century house, greenhouses and once famous Edwardian gardens belonging to Ellen Willmott. Miss Ellen Willmott remodelled the gardens and introduced into them a vast assortment of new plants from all over the world. Some are still found on the reserve.
The shell of the conservatory still stands with remains of the tessellated floor tiles.
The dilapidated orangery was off limits due to health and safety concerns for more than a decade. Now with funding available, USL is pleased to restore and stabilise the ruins. The site is Grade II in the Register of Parks and Gardens, and it is also in the Heritage at Risk Register.
For more information and to visit Warley Place – please visit. https://www.essexwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/warley-place
To learn more about Phase I at Warley Place - completed earlier this year, involved restoring five brick structures from the former outbuildings.