SK9438 : Bellmount Tower

taken 4 years ago, near to Londonthorpe, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Bellmount Tower
Bellmount Tower
The folly at Belton House is a viewing tower in the form of a tall arch set at the end of a long avenue of trees. Although the tower itself is not excessively tall, its position on a hill is said to give it sight of seven counties In particular, it was sited to give a spectacular view looking back towards Belton House (SK9438 : A view of Belton House and Estate from Bellmount Tower).

Belmount Tower is one of several estate buildings commissioned by Sir John Brownlow, Viscount Tyrconnel, of Belton House, during the first half of the eighteenth century. It was built 1749 – 1751, and originally had two further arches either side of the central arch; these wings were removed (ca 1780) on the advice of Lord Brownlow’s brother-in-law, Philip Yorke. Damaged by a fire in 1841, it was restored in 1989.

The upper stage of the tower, above the tall archway, has a Venetian window with bracket keystones to the sidelights and two small round windows. Lord Brownlow used the room for entertaining.

Bellmount Tower is a Grade II* listed building (English Heritage ID:382849 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).
Belton House :: SK9239
Historic home of the Cust and Brownlow families for over 300 years, Belton House was gifted to The National Trust in 1984 and is visited by over ¼ million people a year.
Arguably the finest late 17th century house in England, built for Sir John Brownlow 1685-89 by an unknown architect, sometimes attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, though most likely by Captain William Winde and much altered by James Wyatt in the late 18th century. A National Treasure.
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Date Taken
Monday, 9 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9489 3881 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:56.2985N 0:35.3713W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9483 3880
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Folly  Eighteenth Century  18th Century  Viewing Tower  Arch  Archway  English Heritage  Grade II(star)  Listed Building 

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