Grade II C19th The Castle Folly


  • To develop a phased repair strategy for the conservation of the folly
  • To ensure its long-term survival for future generations as a picturesque folly within the estate grounds

Survey & Condition:

  • Isolated ruined folly constructed of ironstone/orange sandstone quoins and flint infill
  • Encroachment of nearby trees, roots and ivy penetration
  • One tower left standing with collapsed hidden roof behind parapets
  • Other tower reduced considerably and starting to collapse rapidly to south facing elevation
  • Central arch in good condition but crenellations above beginning to decay & collapse
  • Localised decay/ spalling of sandstone and flint infill.

Schedule of Repairs:

  • Removal of nearby trees and all organic growth within a 2 meter radius
  • Localised replacement of decayed sandstone quoins using matching sandstone
  • Localised replacement of spalling flints using matching flints
  • Localised repointing of open joints where required using matching lime mortars
  • Consolidation of top of decayed tower and rebuild collapsed quoins and flint infill matching the existing
  • Consolidation and rebuilding of crenellations
  • Rebuilding of collapsed hidden timber roof to tall tower, leadwork & roof covering.
We have a Grade II listed thatched cottage which has required varying amounts of repair and restoration over the last few years. Ray has a wealth of knowledge and expertise working with old properties and has provided invaluable advice in both the planning and delivery phases. He has been able to guide us through the expectations of the conservation department, whilst always managing to take into consideration our needs and preferences both aesthetically and practically. He is reliable, arrives on time, provides ongoing progress reports and liaises to ensure we are happy with the work and progress. Ray’s attention to detail and his pride in his work ensures every aspect is covered and we have been delighted with the high quality work. It is a pleasure to have him working at the house and he ensures all is clean and tidy at the end of every day. He actively communicates and liaises well with other workmen. We have always been greatly pleased with the work Ray has done on our property and would have no hesitation in recommending him.