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Fri 1st October 2021
Conserving the heritage of Castle Howard
Latest From: House & Grounds, Estate

Our iconic Gatehouse was designed as the entrance to Castle Howard by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1719, and since its construction the archway has provided an impressive welcome to visitors arriving from the south.

Whilst the pyramid roof might be reminiscent of Egypt under a Yorkshire sky, the Yorkshire weather is not so favourable and the pyramid now has various areas of loose stonework which need to be secured.

Due to the nature and construction of the Grade I listed building, traditional lime mortar needs to be used, and the weather dependency of the material has necessitated us undertaking the repairs in October.

This is part of ongoing conservation work across the estate, and we hope that these necessary repairs to the pyramid will enable the Gatehouse to welcome visitors to Castle Howard for another 302 years!