The Courtyard Garden

Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House is lucky to have a beautiful courtyard garden, the ideal place to relax away from the stresses of modern life.

Highlights to look out for include

  • our herb patch
  • the box hedge reflecting the pattern of the wooden latticework on the outside of the listed building
  • the “Octavia Hill” rose (a variety named after Octavia Hill by the RHS)
  • the memorial to the victims of cholera
  • “Heroes’ Arcade”, a small copy of a monument erected in Postman’s Park, London, containing plaques which commemorate the lives of a selection of civilians who died selflessly whilst trying to save the lives of others. Postman’s Park was saved as a public open space by Octavia Hill in 1880 and the arcade designed by George Frederic Watts opened in 1900 with the first ceramic plaques made by famous designer William De Morgan. The original “Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice” can still be visited in London today.