Hartwell, The Assumption Church
Hartwell, The Assumption Church
A very early example of Gothick Revival architecture, The Assumption church was designed 1753 by Henry Keene for Sir William Lee, within the grounds of Lee's Hartwell House.
The church is octagonal in layout, with towers at both the east and west ends. Keene is thought to have drawn inspiration for his design from the chapter house at York Minster. The building, it must be said, is somewhat the worse for wear, but remains an intriguing example of the late Georgian vogue for Gothic architecture that was to influence the later Victorian period so profoundly.

Hartwell House is now a hotel, and the shell of the church acts as a romantic folly in the hotel grounds. The church is preserved by the Churches Conservation Trust, but please note that there is no access to the church interior.