At the back of the Georgian house is the walled garden which covers over 2 acres. Divided into three sections, there is a wilderness, rose garden, lily pool and stunning herbaceous borders.
There is also a Victorian fern garden, a loggia, an Orangery and several specimen trees.
The gardens are closed in January.
National Trust members visit for free.
Bank House was built in 1722 as a merchant’s town house. Soon after it was built, it was bought by the Southwell family.
In 1794, the estate was bought by Jonathan Peckover. The Peckover family were Quakers and ran a successful grocery business. Trusted by his customers, Peckover soon began to hold their money for safe-keeping and opened a banking hall next to the house. [In 1896, with several other private banks, it became Barclays Bank.] Peckover also developed the gardens.
On his death, the family business and house were inherited by Peckover’s two sons, William and Algernon.
In 1877, Alexander Peckover took over the management of the bank. As business flourished, Alexander was able to move premises. This allowed him to enlarge the house and gardens at Bank House.
Alexander’s daughter Alexandrina inherited the estate. By 1944, the gardens had become neglected and Alexandrina decided to give the property to the National Trust. In honour to the family, the Trust renamed the house Peckover House.