The Boating Lake

 

Boats are still available through the Spring and Summer months and can be hired from the Boathouse. A selection of Pedal and Rowing boats are available to hire for 30 minutes at a time.

Laid out on the north and south-facing slopes of a shallow valley in which the Grove Brook and Handsworth Brook are dammed to form a wide, approximately oval-shaped lake with an island towards the centre. The lake was created to the design of Edwin Kenworthy as a boating pond in 1897, submerging the remains of a medieval moat; much of the former pleasure grounds associated with the rectory were also flooded. A half-timbered and gabled boathouse, also designed by Kenworthy in 1897, which stood at the south-west end of the lake, does not survive; neither do the late 19th Century low railings shown surrounding the lake in early 20th century photographs. Source

The path as you walk in between the lake and the Victoria Jubilee Allotments is adjoined by a level lawn terraced into the north-facing slope and partly enclosed by holly hedges. This was a late 19th Century bowling green and was created on the site of the walled garden associated with the original rectory. Source

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