The historic Clavell Tower in Dorset was due to reopen on August 29 after being rebuilt brick by brick to stop it falling in to the sea. The monument was built by the Rev John Richards Clavell in 1830 as an observatory and folly, with four storeys, including a basement, and a distinctive Tuscan colonnade.
The tower was situated close to the cliff edge at Kimmeridge Bay on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, but an 18-month project has seen the historic monument dismantled by specialist builders. The tower was then rebuilt 82ft inland using as much of the original materials as possible. The leaseholders, the Landmark Trust launched an appeal in 2004 to raise money to save the tower, later securing a £436,000 lottery grant. As with their other properties, they plan to make the tower available for holiday lets.
Peter Pearce, director at the trust, said: “The tower’s future is secure and it can now resume its role as sentinel on this stretch of coastline. Its familiar silhouette will continue to welcome the many thousands of people who visit and walk in Kimmeridge Bay each year.”