Keppel’s Column

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Keppel’s Column was built between 1773 and 1781. This 115 ft (35 metre) grade II* listed building is situated in Scholes Coppice, an area of ancient woodland.

Designed by John Carr of York for Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, the column is a monument to Admiral Keppel in commemoration of his acquittal at a court martial in 1779.

The column was re-opened to public on 10 September 2022, following a restoration project funded by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Historic England, Fitzwilliam Wentworth Amenity Trust, and Historic Houses Foundation.

The column is now accessible to the public as a result of significant repairs to the structure including the installation 217 steel treads and the repair of 4 landing areas, and also new metal railings on the roof platform.

For more information about the Keppel’s Column restoration project, check out this film:

Here is a Tour of the inside of Keppel’s Column with a local sharing their own memories and experiences of visiting this fascinating monument: