Wimpole Gothic Tower, Cambridgeshire

The 18th Century Gothic Folly on the Wimpole Estate was designed by Sanderson Miller as an eye catcher visible from Wimpole Hall.  Twenty five years later it was built under the direction of Capability Brown who remodelled the parkland in the 1760s.  Alterations were made to the tower interior in the early 19th century by Humphrey Repton when living quarters for the gamekeeper were introduced.

In recent years due to the poor condition of the soft clunch stone walls, the Folly was inaccessible to visitors. Now, following funding by the National Trust and from DEFRA managed by Natural England, the Folly has been carefully conserved and repaired by a team lead by Donald Insall Associates.
The works included stonework repairs with improvements to public access around the building.  Archival research informed the reinstatement of elements that had been lost during the gradual deterioration of the building; main tower crenellations, windows, doors and external rear staircase.  The Folly is once again a striking image in the landscaped Park.

Client
The National Trust

Awards

  • Civic Trust Award, AABC Conservation (Commended 2016)
  • Europa Nostra Grand Prix Laureate (2016)
Photo by Malcolm Barrett Photo by Malcolm Barrett Photo by Malcolm Barrett Photo by Malcolm Barrett Photo by Malcolm Barrett