Save & earn with MPB; trade-in and buy pre-loved

Project 365 - 247


Welcome to my world, feel free to stop a while, all comments and advice gratefully received.

Thanks for stopping by

...Read More

Project 365 - 247

4 Sep 2014 6:39PM   Views : 362 Unique : 259

One Man's Folly...

Had opportunity to get up close to a well known local landmark. I taken loads of pictures of it in the past but normally from town.


Now called Culloden Tower, it sits on a hill opposite town and i always think it counterbalances the castle keep.

And now at the risk of boring you, a bit of a history lesson.

The Culloden Tower was built in 1746 or soon afterwards. The architect is thought to have been Daniel Garrett, and his patron was one of Richmond's two Whig MPs, John Yorke. It was originally called the Cumberland Temple and its purpose was clear; to celebrate the victory of the Duke of Cumberland's army over Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the Jacobite Young Pretender, at Culloden, near Inverness, in April that year.

A great deal hung on the outcome of that battle. The Hanoverian kings had been on the throne for just over thirty years. The first, a German, George I had been succeeded by the more English George II. His family were now regarded as fully representative of the Protestant Whig supremacy that under Sir Robert Walpole had made England a prosperous and stable place. The only cloud on the horizon was the possibility of a new Jacobite rising, carrying with it fears that had lain dormant since James II was deposed in 1688; the fear of a Catholic king who would threaten his subjects' freedom of religious worship and, it was somehow felt, deprive them of their ability to profit by trade as well.

After the battle at Culloden the Jacobite cause was a spent force, no longer supported even by the traditionally loyal Tories. The Whig Augustan world could continue unchallenged, trade could increase, the New World triumph over the Old, the Classical over the Gothic, a point that was made in the interior decoration and arrangement of the Culloden Tower itself. Here, Gothic motifs are found in the tall main room, but set within an orderly Classical framework and the scheme in the topmost room is entirely Classical.

The Tower replaced an earlier one, and the design of its exterior reminds us of this. A pele tower, called Hudswell's Tower, stood here from the 14th century until the 17th century. Its ruin may still have been visible when the Culloden Tower was built, to be commemorated in the square base of its very different successor.

The Culloden Tower was built by John Yorke. He held the family seat in Parliament until his death, in 1757. He was a Whig, but an independent one, who was known to vote against the Government at times. Lord Egmont described him as "a whimsical fellow but in the main will be with Government". He was most certainly "with" the Hanoverians, and the prosperity which they brought to his town.

Apart from showing off the builder's political affiliations, the Culloden Tower was of course intended as an ornament, crowning the hill opposite the town and acting as a foil to the castle's greater tower. It stood in the park of a large mansion called Yorke House after the family that lived there. This stood close to the river at the foot of the hill with its gardens around it. A fine view of these, and of the town and surrounding countryside, would have been enjoyed by anyone in the Tower. With its comfortable and elegant rooms, each provided with a fireplace, the Tower would also have been a place where the Yorke family could enjoy some privacy, away from their large household.

Hope that wasn't too painful.


Tags: Project 365 365 project.


DicksPics Avatar
4 Sep 2014 7:55PM
Thank you for this interesting and informative narrative, Den.

Nigeve1 Avatar
Nigeve1 10 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 9:45PM
Very interesting, Den.

NDODS Avatar
13 6.4k 131 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 10:23PM
"We are never too old yo learn Den". An interesting and well written narrative.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join for free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.