East Horsley, Horsley Towers: The Italian Tower

The Italian Tower, from across the lake Image: HCPS

The Italian Tower, from across the lake
Image: HCPS

After the death of his first wife Ada Byron, Lord Lovelace traveled abroad extensively and, no doubt, was inspired by the architecture he saw on his travels. The Italian Tower, built in 1858, is an inspiration, especially when one views it from across the lake. The Tower is decorated with a wealth of architectural embellishment: machicolated parapet, corbelling, dentils, roll-moulding, arcading, military badges, arched windows all done in polychrome terracotta. Nevertheless it all comes together beautifully and does not strike one as being overdone. It is a genuine work of art.

The Italian Tower, Architecture and Decoration Image: HCPS

The Italian Tower, Architecture and Decoration
Image: HCPS

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