Lost ha-ha is restored after serious work in Devizes
3:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
ItT may be called a ha-ha but the renovation of a lost feature in Devizes’ Hillworth Park has been taken deadly seriously.
The walled trench, which was a feature of many an 18th century garden, was designed to separate grazing animals from gardens without spoiling the view.
The ha-ha in Hillworth Park, purchased by the town council after the Second World War, had been lost and only the top stones of the walls were visible.
Carole Berry, the town council’s direct services manager, said: “People used them so they could have an uninterrupted view and it looked as though they owned more land than they did.
“We have managed to restore most of the ha-ha, although it would originally have reached right up to the pavilion. We have managed to use 50 per cent of the original wall. It has been done very sympathetically.”
Contractors Magenta Building Repair Limited completed the work on Friday but Mrs Berry said that the story of the ha-ha would continue.
Photos have been taken throughout the Lottery-funded reconstruction work, and Devizes School sixth former Jack Mackay is devising a website where the history of the feature, including an impression of what it would have looked like originally, can be seen in all its glory.
There was much interest from the community when the town council held a photo opportunity last Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs Berry said: “A lot of people turned up because we had the details on our Facebook page.
“People are fascinated by it. We hope they will come along and see it, sit on the wall and enjoy the view.”
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