St Anne’s Park
27 Nov 2017

The first of the twelve follies that we are currently conserving in this historic park is almost complete. Annie Lee Bridge was constructed in 1838 to commemorate the birth of the daughter of Benjamin Lee Guinness. It is the oldest of the garden follies in the park, our works involved reinstating features that were lost over time including the castellations and its harling coating. The coating will provide a sacrificial layer to protect the masonry from constant graffiti, and allow it to be maintained with a traditional lime wash. Historic photographs as well as evidence on the walls show that the building once had this covering, which would be traditional for rubble buildings such as the bridge. We also designed new railings to guard the drops to either side and the stairs, where pedestrian traffic was a source of erosion of ground to the abutments creating instability.