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GRO Rodborough Fort IMG 1371
What: Historic Gothic building with castellations
Where: Situated on Rodborough Common

Originally called Fort George, this was built by George Hawker as an inhabited folly in 1761.

Re-built in 1869-74

Now: The house is privately owned

Rodborough Fort was originally called Fort George. It was built on an enclosure taken out of Rodborough Common by George Hawker in about 1761, not as a country house but as an inhabited folly. It was a single-storey five bay Gothic building, with a canted bay in the middle and a bastion on which stood a battery of cannon.

The fort was owned by a succession of prominent Stroud businessmen, including (1802-42) Joseph Grazebrook, before being bought in 1868 by Alexander Halcombe. He employed the Gloucester architect, A.W. Maberly, to rebuild it in 1869-74, as a rock-faced battlemented Tudor house with a tower over the entrance. Although Maberly retained castellations to justify its name, the house lost its pretty, whimsical air at this time. The house is surrounded by a quasi-defensive wall with gateways.

From January 2016, this website is managed by Stroud Local History Society