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 posts

04 Sep 18

Enormous yew roots stop work

Contractors excavating around the boathouse have unearthed some very large roots from the nearby yew trees. We can't just sever the roots as the impact would be catastrophic. Work has stopped for now whilst a solution is achieved in consultation with the structural engineer, building surveyor and arboriculturalist

Tree roots undermine foundations of boathouse

31 Aug 18

Excavations commence

Specialist contractors have begun exposing the brick and stone foundations in readiness for their repair. The walls have fallen in and are far from straight.

Excavations start on boathouse restoration, Belton House, Lincolnshire

28 Aug 18

Tree surgery to make the working area safe

Five majestic London plane trees, planted in the 1820s, sit alongside the boathouse. They have accumulated deadwood over the years. As more people will be passing under the trees in future tree surgeons are making them safe.

Plane tree adjacent to boathouse