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Belvedere, Swinithwaite Hall

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Belvedere, Swinithwaite

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Belvedere, Swinithwaite Hall

Historical Environment Record No: MYD35811

Parish: West Witton

OS Grid Reference: SE032889

Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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An octagonal belvedere built in 1792 by John Foss of Richmond for the owner of Swinithwaite Hall, T J Anderson. Such buildings were intended as decorative features within a park landscape and as view points. This example is two storeys high. The upper storey has a parapet walkway giving access to a room decorated with Neo-classical plasterwork and with a cast iron fireplace. From here the estate owner and his guests could dine in comfort while enjoying panoramic views of Wensleydale.
Hatcher, Jane (1990) Richmondshire Architecture. Richmond: C J Hatcher

Dennison, E (2004) ‘An Historical Landscape Survey: The Swinithwaite Estate, West Witton’ in White, R F & Wilson, P R (eds) (2004) Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 2 pp25-37


Site lies close to road on north side of A684 about 3/4 mile west of Swinithwaite. No public access. View from roadside.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Swinithwaite. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Viewable from roadside.

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