North East Tower demolished

1761 AD

North East Tower demolished

In 1761, the North East Tower of the Palace was demolished and the stonework carried to Knole, Sevenoaks, where it was used to build Knole Folly which lies to the South-East of Knole House.

(Image by Pete Chapman [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

The arch at Knole is part of a sham ruin that was probably built at the same time as the Bird House in 1761 with masonry from the North East Tower of Otford Place.  Bird House itself is a revival style building it intended to house Lionel, first Duke of Dorset’s exotic bird collection. It is now a private home for an estate worker and is not open to the public