Coughton Court

.......as seen in summer 2007 flooding fortunately over.  See video of the flood damage to gardens and interior.

 

COUGHTON COURT 

Fabulous!  Did you know they have an online gift shop?  And a newsletter? You can link to Coughton Court, the home of Mrs. Clare Throckmorton, by clicking  Coughton Court.  Although the day to day operations of Coughton Court have recently been turned over to the National Trust, Mrs. Throckmorton and her daughter Christina Williamson will continue to manage the lovely gardens.  See more of the gardens here. 

See a virtual tour of Coughton Court at:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/webcams/stories/2003/09/coughton-court-virtual-tour.shtml

Gallery of pictures (click on gallery link):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/features/days-out/a-visit-to-coughton-court.shtml

http://englishbuildings.blogspot.com/2008/02/coughton-court-warwickshire.html

Child's view of history of Coughton Court:
http://www.newberyandengland.com/guides.html

Building  details: 
http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/Details/Default.aspx?id=305306&mode=quick

http://www.gunpowder-plot.org/houses/coughton.htm

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/webcams/stories/2003/09/coughton-court-virtual-tour.shtml

 http://www.frostatmidnight.co.uk/Pages/Coughton.htm

          http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/historicproperties/index.cfm?fuseaction=property&property_id=165#
(nice painting of Sir Robert Throckmorton here)

   http://www.buckinghamevents.co.uk/coughton.html

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/heartofengland/coughton.htm

http://www.touruk.co.uk/houses/housewarw_coug.htm

  Tips from the butler at Coughton Court:

http://www.agalinks.com/Foodtips_350.htm

The story of last summer's flooding:

Coughton Court reopened on Wednesday 12 September after huge flooding clear-up operation 

Coughton Court is reopened to visitors on Wednesday 12 September, more than 7 weeks after devastating floods forced the National Trust property to close. 

Parts of the 15th century Tudor house and gardens, near Alcester, were swamped by floodwater from the Cain Brook and the River Arrow following torrential downpours on 19 & 20 July, 2007.  

Both rivers were heavily swollen and by late morning on 20 July the Arrow had burst its banks flooding the riverside walk and soaking the lawn. By 3pm the Cain Brook had overflowed, surrounding the front of the house. 

Since then National Trust and Throckmorton Estate staff worked in partnership drying out rooms, monitoring humidity levels and starting restoration work in the gardens. 

Working around the clock with the Throckmorton family and their gardening team, National Trust staff and volunteers  focused much of their efforts on the private wing of the property, the boiler house and the floors and carpets. 

The enforced closure since 20 July  led to the estimated loss of approximately 20,000 visitors. Seven events due to take place throughout August and September had to be cancelled. 

But on Wednesday 12 September Coughton was up and running again and visitors could see ongoing work to repair flood damage. Parts of the gardens including the riverside walk were devastated, and consequently some areas took much longer to reinstate.  Access to the award winning Walled Garden, which is cared for by the Throckmorton family, is open to visitors, however large areas of the gardens remain closed for awhile. 

Interpretation boards displaying photographs of the flooding and its aftermath will be on show explaining what was going on during the day the floods struck and the swift action taken by staff to protect rooms and artefacts, including a historic grandfather clock in the hall raised above the water level on polythene covered blocks.  Events are back on track.

Local businesses also provided gratefully-received help in the big clean-up. Contractors Arden Construction and Elite Building offered equipment, while Munters provided the National Trust with de-humidifiers to help dry out rooms. 

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