Castle Drogo

We need your help to preserve Castle Drogo for future generations. The castle has suffered from major structural problems ever since it was built; by 2012 the situation had become critical.

The scale of the scaffolding at Castle Drogo © Lobster Vision

The scale of the scaffolding at Castle Drogo

We are now well into our five-year conservation project, which will be completed in 2017, to make Castle Drogo watertight. Thank you for your support so far but there is still much more work to be done.

Back in 2012, Castle Drogo was on the edge of a precipice, exposed to the extremes of Dartmoor weather, and the water had penetrated all the way through to its steel infrastructure. This is conservation on a grand scale and more than just a leaky roof.

It has two other main defects, the windows and the pointing. 913 windows will be removed, refurbished and resealed; 64 kilometres of pointing will be raked out and repointed with a lime-based mortar; and a new roofing membrane (Bauder) will be installed on the roof. For the roofing membrane to be installed some 2650 tonnes of stone will need to be taken down from the upper parts of the castle, uniquely marked and then re-set in their original position once the new roof membrane is in place.

Please donate today; without this work, a national treasure will be lost forever.

What will we spend your money on?

  • £35.28 could provide 12kg of lime mortar to protect the building's walls from the elements for generations to come.
  • £50 would be a significant contribution to helping us achieve our most challenging task, installing a two-layer membrane that will make the castle roof watertight.

Why save Castle Drogo?

Blueprints for improvement

Blueprints for improvement

Castle Drogo was the dream of Julius Drewe, who laid the foundation stone on his 55th birthday. He employed the architect of the day, Sir Edwin Lutyens to build him a castle on Dartmoor. Lutyens who is often referred to as the greatest British architect is perhaps most famous for designing the Cenotaph in Whitehall and the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, Thiepval.

A visit to Castle Drogo is like never before. Inside, the castle has been completely redisplayed with installations and open storage areas. There is also the opportunity to get up close to the building project by climbing the viewing tower (restrictions apply).