A view from the Balcony

Wimpole Estate NT

Karen Teideman-Barrett, Conservation Architect at Donald Insall talks about designing the replacement balcony and stair at the Folly entrance.

19th Century Photograph with balcony and stair in place 19th Century photograph with balcony and stair in place

Work is underway at the Folly and the Towers and Walls are covered in scaffold.  Earlier in the project, the only way into the Gothic Tower was through the basement and squeezing through a narrow opening into the Ground Floor and, at the same time, ensuring that the pigeons kept out.

We know from historic photographs of the Folly, that there was a wooden stair leading to a balcony in front of the main entrance into the Tower.  This would have been in use during the time that the Tower was the Game keeper’s cottage, from 1805 until the late 1920s.   By the 1970s, this outside staircase was in very poor condition and had almost collapsed and so was taken down.  Now…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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