Rebuilt as a folly
Early in the 17th Century the ruined nave and chancel collapsed or were demolished with the tower then re-built as a folly. The window in the lower section and all the upper section are from this second phase. With coursed flint, re-used limestone and brick quoins, the upper section is distinct from the lower.
This rebuilding came soon after the construction of the Old Hall and the Great Barn and the tower was an important part of the hall’s landscape park. It is one of Britain’s earliest known follies.
The tower remained almost complete until June 1981 when its eastern wall collapsed. The tower arch was sadly lost during this unexpected event, which a local person described as sounding ‘like a bomb’.