Today we start a new regular feature on RIBA Blogs. From over 70,000 images available on RIBApix, curator Fiona Orsini has selected a drawing by Oliver Hill…
The gardens at Moor Close are a hidden gem of the Arts & Crafts period. In 1911, millionaire Charles Birch Crisp asked the then unknown architect Oliver Hill to enlarge the existing house and create new gardens featuring curved staircases, pergolas and pavilions. Inspired by the Italianate water gardens of the 16th century, this sketch captures the garden’s elegance which includes a private swimming pool. Unfortunately the gardens fell into disrepair after Crisp ran into financial difficulties and the property was bought by Newbold College. Through renewed interest in Hill’s work, the house and gardens are now listed and are currently being restored.
Curator, RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections