This prominent ruin had been the subject to decades of abuse and vandalism which was a blight on the village and people of Clophill, as well as causing immense loss of significant historic fabric and archaeology. In this project Caroe Architecture Ltd worked closely with the volunteer Clophill Heritage Trust on devising a viable future for the heritage asset. The concept was driven by a recognition that only a holistic view and radical change in use and perception would secure funding and the safe future of this important historic site. After a long period of evaluation and funding negotiations, the solution arrived at was to develop an adjoining quarry for Eco-lodges for walkers on the Greensand ridge, which would also house an on-site Warden who would ensure that the anti-social behaviour (including satanic ritualists) at the ruins was suppressed. Once a complex funding matrix and consents were in place, we were then able to secure an English Heritage Building at Risk grant for the conservation works.
The conservation of the ruin was also exemplary and highly praised by English Heritage, and really in sympathy with our deep understanding of the long term issues with ancient ruins and the patina and texture of historic places.