Keppels Column, Rotherham

Keppels Column, Rotherham

Keppels Column is a Grade II* listed Tuscan column on the outer edge of Rotherham

Grant Aided Conservation and Repair for Keppel's Column

Keppel's Column, Rotherham
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC)
Grant Aided Conservation and Repair
Grade II*
Keppels Column is a Grade II* listed Tuscan column on the outer edge of Rotherham.

The story behind the keppels column is one of a strong friendship between Admiral Augustus Keppel and Charles Watson-Wentworth and in 1778 Wentworth commissioned the Folly to celebrate the acquittal of Keppel in a court-martial case.

Due to its height and position, the column is a landmark for miles around, but unfortunately its condition has meant that it has been inaccessible for a number of years. It is 35m tall (approximately 115 ft) with an internal winding stair, however many of the stone treads on the internal stair were either fractured or missing making internal access impossible.

The column was in very poor condition and on the buildings at risk register. Historic England’s report identified the poor condition of Keppel’s Column and the need for a ‘light and sensitive approach’ to conservation and we were selected from a number of conservation accredited architects to undertake the role of Lead Professional Advisor.

There were a number of challenges to overcome before a conservation strategy was prepared, and full scaffolding erected. Following a detailed review of the fabric and under the guidance of the structural engineer, the column was stabilised with a series of vertical and horizontal sock ties. The most significantly damaged stonework was repaired or replaced, and all mortar joints raked out and pointed. The internal steps were replaced with metal treads tying the inner and outer brick shafts together. The metal railings to the cap were replaced, replicating the original components, and the missing rotating roof covering was reinstated to protect the column and shaft.

The column has been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.

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