Saving Belton's Boathouse

Belton's boathouse behind the Gothic Ruin

An appeal to save a one-of-a-kind boathouse is underway at Belton House. The riverside structure, built for the 1st Earl Brownlow in the 1830s, is in desperate need of restoration. Historically, the boathouse was a gateway to a designed wilderness garden and provided the family with the opportunity to punt along the River Witham.

Punting at Belton by Lady Marian Margaret Compton
Watercolour on paper, a gentleman and a lady in a boat on water with Belton House in the background.
Punting at Belton by Lady Marian Margaret Compton

The restoration project will reinstate the lost fish-scale slate roof, two gilded weathervanes; and rustic stick-work walls using yew harvested from the Belton estate. Belton volunteers have already begun to clear vegetation, and de-silt lost river channels so that once again the wilderness garden can be experienced from the water.

You can leave your mark on history and support the fundraising appeal by sponsoring a slate. As a sponsor, you can choose the exact location of your slate and inscribe it with a special message or dedication. There are many other ways to support the project, from buying a boathouse bag or raffle ticket to enjoying a guided Wilderness Walk or joining us for a fundraising coffee morning.

Make your mark on Belton's history
Sponsor a slate to help save Belton's boathouse in lincolnshire
Make your mark on Belton's history

You won’t have to wait long to see the impact your donation has made as works have now started to bring the boathouse back to life.

Latest updates

08 Feb 19

Decorative stickwork is nearing completion

Craftsmen have been busy reinstating some of the decorative stickwork walls using yew harvested from the Belton estate over the past few weeks. The stickwork should appear to have grown from the ground and naturally woven its way through the building.

Boathouse conservation project, Belton house, Grantham Lincolnshire

15 Jan 19

Horizontal rails complete

All the horizontal rails have been installed and the building is now ready for work on its more decorative features.

Ground and structural works complete

10 Jan 19

Template for new rails

A template has been made to replace the horizontal yew rails that once ran between the columns. Where possible the historic ones are being reinstated and new ones are being carved for the missing places.

Creating a form for rails