Wimpole Gothic Tower Receives Europa Nostra Conservation Award
April 7, 2016
The Gothic Folly at Wimpole Estate has been awarded the Europa Nostra Award in Conservation, it was announced today.
The 18th Century Folly was inaccessible to visitors in recent years due to the poor condition of the stone walls. Further to funding by National Trust and DEFRA (managed by Natural England) followed by extensive research, the Folly was conserved and repaired by a team led by Donald Insall Associates. Lost elements of the structure were reinstated.
Now accessible to the public, the Folly features as a striking focal point in the landscaped park originally designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose tercentenary is this year.
The jury of Europa Nostra said: “Intellectually, this project raises interesting questions about the preservation of a designed ruin and inspires thought about the nature of conservation. It is informed by detailed research and archaeological recordings and is a model of cooperative endeavour”
“This is is a unique example of a folly in its intended and specially designed idyllic landscape by Capability Brown. Its clever restoration has returned this beautiful landmark to the public and has enriched our knowledge of the social and cultural history of the estate”.