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Historic England grant saves Newstead Abbey fort which inspired poet Lord Byron

The mock fort and dock was built by the fifth Lord Byron around 1750 as an ‘eye-catcher’ to be seen across the lake from his home at Newstead Abbey.

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A historic fort and dock which is said to have sparked the imagination of poet Lord Byron at Newstead Abbey has been saved.

Work to save the mock fort and dock was carried out after a grant was awarded by Historic England.

The structure had previously been under their ‘under threat’ list.

The mock fort and dock was built by the fifth Lord Byron around 1750 as an ‘eye-catcher’ to be seen across the lake from his home at Newstead Abbey.

It also served as a mooring and suitably evocative backdrop for the ship which he kept on the lake for entertaining friends with recreations of naval battles.

PICTURED: Work being carried out to repair the fort after a grant was awarded by Historic England
Newstead Abbey
PICTURED: Newstead Abbey (IMAGE: Gedling Eye)

His son, the famous Romantic poet who we know as the Lord Byron, was no doubt influenced by the gothic surroundings of Newstead Abbey in his writing.

A spokesman for Historic England said: “By 2018, though structurally sound, masonry repairs were needed on the fort.

“Historic England awarded a grant for this work, and the repairs were undertaken in 2019 and 2020.

“Incidents of anti-social behaviour increased during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but the situation is improving, and this eccentric building and registered Newstead Park in which it sits, can be appreciated once more by the people of Nottingham.”

This project followed on from the Historic England grant-aided repair of Newstead Abbey’s iconic west front, which had long been at risk.

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