Castle Bromwich is a special place for both landscape and architectural reasons. Situated only five miles from Birmingham City centre, Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens represent a rare example of a 17th century Jacobean country house complete with its original garden setting. The present Castle Bromwich Hall was built in about 1599 for Sir Edward Devereux. In 1657 the Hall and Estate were sold to Sir John Bridgeman I who was to make important changes to both the garden and the main house around the year 1700. Bridgeman had as his advisor his cousin, Captain William Winde who had conducted improvements on houses, gardens and parks elsewhere, including Coombe Abbey, Eastwell, Cliveden and Powys.
Under the guidance of Winde who consulted such eminent people as George London and Charles Hatton, the garden was designed as a formal arrangement of self-
The gardens were designed in the formal garden tradition, and have much in common with the Dutch style popularised by William III during his reign at the end of the 17th century. The gardens are special because they survived and continued to develop whilst the informal English Landscape Movement of the 19th century saw the removal of most other formal gardens. They have also survived the development and expansion of Birmingham, which has engulfed Castle Bromwich as a suburb during the 20th century. The extent of the survival was remarkable, so that when the Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust was launched in 1985, the Gardens were still completely walled and their basic structure intact albeit derelict.