Alfreds Hall, Cirencester Park, Cirencester - Cotswold

Folly, begun 1721, designed by Lord Bathurst with Alexander Pope's advice, completed 1732. Probably the earliest C18 mock-Gothic castle; part former house, part banqueting house and part mock ruin. Located in Oakley Wood, with rides radiating from it through the wood. The building is in very bad condition and continues to deteriorate.

Alfreds Hall, Cirencester Park, Cirencester - Cotswold
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Alfred's Hall at NGR SO 972 031
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1298719
  • Local Planning Authority: Cotswold
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden building


  • Building Name: Alfreds Hall
  • Locality: Cirencester Park
  • County: Gloucestershire
  • District / Borough: Cotswold
  • Parish: Cirencester
  • Parliamentary Constituency: The Cotswolds
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, RPG grade I