TQ1343 : Leith Hill Tower

near to Coldharbour, Surrey, Great Britain

Leith Hill Tower
Leith Hill Tower
In 1765 or 1766, Richard Hull of nearby Leith Hill Place built "Prospect House", later to become known as Leith Hill Tower, with the intention of raising the hill above 1,000 feet. The tower is 20 metres (65 feet) high.

When he died in 1772, at his request he was buried under the tower, upside-down as he believed that at Judgement Day the world would be turned on its head. Following his death, the building was stripped of its contents, doors and windows, and fell into ruin. As a result, the tower was filled with rubble and concrete, and the entrance bricked up.

In 1864, Mr Eveleyn of nearby Wotten Hall decided to reopen it, but the concrete made this difficult, and so the additional turreted side-tower was added to allow access to the top of the tower.

The tower was fully restored by the National Trust in 1984, including removal of the rubble and concrete, and is open to the public.
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