October 2020: Kingswood Memories
IT was quite common in the 18th century for landowners to have statues placed in their private gardens. Warmley Historic Gardens and Grotto house a statue of Neptune that is unusual not only because of its size – around seven metres (23feet) high – but also its composition. It is made almost entirely of cement and decorated with black clinker from William Champion’s zinc works. The statue is known locally as the 'Warmley giant', and was once surrounded by the lake which formed when William Champion dammed Siston Brook.