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Beckford Tower Also known as Beckford's Folly

 

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  • Beckford Tower, London

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  • Beckford's Tower was built by William Beckford who had previously built the ill-fated Fonthill Abbey which collapsed in 1825.
  • The tower was originally designed as a home for Beckford by Henry Edmund Goodridge but Beckford never actually used it to live in preferring it was a retreat he could spend his days in before going home at night. Beckford had many works of art put in the tower, along with specially commissioned furniture which can now be seen at the Beckford Tower Trust in Bath.
  • The design is essentially a Venetian campanile consisting of the main body of the tower, followed by a section with recessed arches and pillars that have hints of Classicism about them. The top part is an octagonal lantern with cast iron pillars covered in gold gilt.
  • On Beckford's death in 1844 the tower was donated to the Rector of Walcot who consecrated the grounds four years and the base of the building was then converted into a mortuary. Since then a graveyard has emerged around it with what was originally to be a residential home in effect having become a mausoleum for its creator.
  • The remaining tower interior was gutted by a fire in 1931 and then converted back into a house in 1972. The ground floor can now be rented out.

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Architect
Henry Goodridge
Developer
William Thomas Beckford

Reference Data

Reference No.
609
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
18-07-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Lansdown Hill, Bath. BA1
Council
Bath and North East Somerset Council
County
Avon
Region
South West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1825
Completion date
1827
Renovation Date
1972
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Venetian

Roof Height (AGL)
130.58

Total Floors (O.G)
4

Market Data

Primary Use
Residential
Secondary Use
Monuments

Flats
1

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