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Tower of the Winds, Shugborough, Staffordshire

Over the next twelve months, you will be able to see an example of the conservation work we are able to complete due to your support. We will be testing the paint, plaster and stone work on the Tower of the Winds, to see exactly how we will need to restore the monument.

If you’re journeying past Park Farm you will see our towering monument looking slightly different. The Tower’s appearance is due to the paint samples we are taking to figure out what the original paint was made from. This means that when we eventually repaint the monument in eighteen months time it will echo how it was when it was first built in 1765. 


Not only are we taking a closer look at the paint work, we’ll also be sampling the plaster work, gutters and stone work to see exactly how it has worn over the years. 

A watercolour of the Tower of the Winds at Shugborough by Moses Griffith
A watercolour of the Tower of the Winds at Shugborough by Moses Griffith
A watercolour of the Tower of the Winds at Shugborough by Moses Griffith

We will also be investigating the top of the Tower, to see if there are any remnants of designs that can be seen in the painting of the Tower by Moses Griffiths. Do you think there were any designs, and if so, what do you think they were?