Plumpton Rocks crowned ‘Best Hidden Gem’ at Hudsons Heritage Awards 2017
March 20, 2017
The Hudson Heritage Awards has named Plumpton Rocks, Harrogate, as the ‘Best Hidden Gem’ this year. Once described by Queen Mary as ‘the nearest place on earth to heaven’, the beauty of the rocks overhanging the lake was captured by JMW Turner as his first commission in oils in 1797 for two views, looking North and South, which hang in Harewood House. It is more recently known for its role as Wild Cat Island in the BBC film Swallows and Amazons.
Donald Insall Associates was commissioned in September 2015 to lead the design team to carry out works initially funded by Natural England to turn around the progressive silting of the lake and encroaching self-set trees. The completion of the first phase de-silting works attracted further grant contributions from Historic England and Country Houses Foundation funding enabling additional features to be saved, including masonry repairs to the Grade II listed dam designed by John Carr.
Read more about the project here.