Who We Are

The Gladstone coat of arms over the manor entrance

The Gladstone coat of arms over the manor entrance (Photo credit: Burton Manor Gardens Facebook Page)

Burton Manor Gardens

Burton Manor Gardens is a registered community interest company with heritage lottery funding for the conservation of the gardens at Burton Manor.

Friends of Burton Manor Gardens

We also have support from the Friends of Burton Manor Gardens, which is a registered charity. This organisation has over 300 members and raises funds that benefit all users.

The History of Burton Manor Gardens

Burton Manor is a Grade II listed building dating back to 1805, when William Congreve built Burton Hall for his family. In 1903 ownership passed to the Gladstones. Sir Charles Nicholson then remodelled Burton Hall, creating Burton Manor for Henry Neville Gladstone, son of William Ewart Gladstone. An orangery was added in 1910 to a design by Arthur Beresford Pite. In 1948 the manor became an adult education college, running day and weekend residential courses. Burton Manor College closed in March 2011 allowing prospective buyers the opportunity to propose new plans for the manor.

The support of Burton Manor began in 1985 with the formation of the original charitable organisation known as the Friends of Burton Manor. This was setup to support the activities at the manor, especially Burton Manor College. When the college closed in 2011, there was a need for a new group to be formed focused on the gardens. This led to the creation of the charity known as the Friends of Burton Manor Gardens and the associated community interest company, Burton Manor Gardens.

Between 2009 and 2012 volunteers from the organisation renovated the walled garden and the glasshouse which was opened to the public by Andrew Miller MP on 25th May 2012. With the help of Heritage Lottery funding, the Walled Garden and Edwardian Glasshouse have been restored and continue to be maintained. Other impressive restoration has been achieved, including conversion of the original outbuildings into craft workshops, a bookstore and a brewery. The old gatehouse has been transformed into Burton Manor Cafe and Village Store and in the grounds you can now visit a rare Underground Ice House. Work continues today on restoring the formal garden and maintaining the extensive grounds around Burton Manor.

Burton Manor for Sale

Burton Manor is now officially up for sale, with a guide price of £1.8 million. A ‘for sale’ sign is now displayed at the entrance and an agent has been appointed. The Friends and volunteers at Burton Manor are hopeful that a buyer can be found who is sympathetic to the wishes of the local community and that at least some of the beautiful grounds can remain accessible to the public.