The Warren House is a fine Grade II* folly which stands alone and derelict on an escarpment overlooking Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire. The Landmark Trust launched an appeal in November 2010 to raise the funds to restore the folly and give it a new and secure future.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 November 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 December 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (243312)
The Warren House began life in the late 16th century as a humble timber-framed cottage, perhaps for a warrener or gamekeeper, or as a hunting lodge. Today, the Warren House, which is on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk register, is in a dreadful state. The principal timber corner posts are decaying and the porch is roofless. The first floor and its ceiling joists have collapsed, leaving the walls bulging and the interior a hollow shell.
Craftsmen will repair the buidling using traditional skills, matching new materials to the originals, to create a Landmark for two people, able to earn its own upkeep by being let for holidays so that it never again falls into disrepair. Carefully chosen books and the History Album will keep the story of this intruiguing folly alive for those who stay, to experience and discover for themselves its history and enjoy the magnificent views of the castle and valley below.
As a pupil at Kimbolton School I looked out on this folly almost every day and I'm really pleased that the Landmark Trust is to rescue it.
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