Historic folly restored by Landmark Trust opens to the public

Queen Anne's Summerhouse, Old Warden.

Queen Anne's Summerhouse, Old Warden.

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An award-winning 18th Century folly restored by the Landmark Trust is to open to the public for a number of days.

Queen Anne’s Summerhouse, on the edge of the Shuttleworth Estate near old Warden, will be open from Friday, September 12, to Sunday, September 14, 10am until 4pm, and on Monday, September 15, 10am until 1pm and admission is free.

Queen Anne's summerhouse, Old Warden.

Queen Anne's summerhouse, Old Warden.

The fine brick-built folly, now on the trust’s list of buildings to rent for holidays, has a fine interior and views from the roof terrace.

Despite a 1878 datestone, the exceptionally fine rubbed brickwork and the name, Queen Anne’s Summerhouse give the clues to the folly’s origins.

The most likely explanation for its construction was the knighting of rich draper, Samuel Ongley by Queen Anne in 1712. Ongley’s fine tomb is in St Leonard’s Church in Old Warden, and his descendants owned the estate until 1875, when it was bought by industrialist Joseph Shuttleworth, who renovated the summerhouse in 1878. It then served as a pavilion and summerhouse through the estate’s golden Edwardian years, but became derelict after the Second World War.

For further information or directions contact the Landmark Trust. Call 01628 825925 or visit www.landmarktrust.org.uk