Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Winterbourne House - Birmingham, West Midlands

Large as it is, it only took a year to build Winterbourne House, and it was finished in 1904. Set in 7 acres of Edgbaston, Birmingham, it was built for John and Margery Nettlefold. They lived there for only a short time, but in 1909 John became ill and his wife sold the house.

The next owners were the Wheelock Family. The garden was just the place for 9 children to run rampant. As the children grew and moved away to make their own lives, the house was suddenly too big and it changed hands again in 1925.

The final owner was John Nicholson and je loved the place. In particular he began to work on the botanical gardens that we see today. He lived and devoted himself to the house until his death in 1944. He bequeathed the house and gardens to the University of Birmingham.

The university didn't always look after Winterbourne. They used the house for several different reasons, but it was not until the turn of the century that the university took ownership to its current level of care. The house was tastefully renovated and the gardens were brought to the standard that they are a genuine tourist attraction. Visits can be made during the hours of 10am to either 4pm or 5pm, dependent on the time of year.

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