Report - Bilham Belvedere, S.Yorks, March 2017

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Jan 15, 2013
1. The History
The ruins of a Summer House or Belvedere, built around 1800 by John Rawstorn for William Hewett of Bilham Hall, (the Hall itself was demolished in the 19th century). The Belvedere was said to have "the richest prospect of any place in the West Riding of Yorkshire." The summer house which was Grade II listed in June 1968 can be found in a woodland copse north of Doncaster, between old Brodsworth and Hickleton.

2. The Explore
This, the fourth stop on a bit of a Barnsley-Doncaster explore, was supposed to be a banker! A hop over the gate so-to-speak. But as the 18th century folly came into view along the track through the woods, it appeared that things had changed. A newly installed metal fence runs all the way round. In the wet and damp circumstances we accepted defeat and just had to settle with externals. Shame as I was looking forward to inspecting its vaulted under-croft, chamfered quoins and tripartite keyblocks.

3. The Pictures

Into view comes our quarry:

img9057 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Oh dear…

img9059 by HughieDW, on Flickr

No way in here:

img9060 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Round the side and that fence keeps on running:

img9061 by HughieDW, on Flickr

This is probably the nicest aspect of the folly:

img9062 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A couple of sneaky close-ups through the fence on my phone:

Bilham1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

You can see the split level here:

Bilham2 by HughieDW, on Flickr
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