Benholm Tower as it appeared in the early 1900s
Benholm provides an example of what can happen if restoration becomes entangled in red tape.
In the 1990s following a storm an entire side of Benholm Tower collapsed. The building, prior to this disaster, comprised of the tower and a range of farm buildings. Each of these adjoined an 18th century mansion, which had been abandoned after being used as a hospital during the last war.
The owner wished to restore and noting that the tower's foundations required consolidation he submitted his proposals to the appropriate authorities. Time went by - delayed response followed followed by another delayed response - until the tower took matters into its own hands and simply fell.
Benholm Tower as it is presently
Date posted: 26 Feb 2013Last updated: 08 Dec 2014
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