Appley Towers

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Appley Towers
Gothic revival tower overlooking the sea
Appley Towers is located in Isle of Wight
Appley Towers
Location on the Isle of Wight
General information
Architectural styleTudor Revival,
Gothic Revival
LocationRyde, Isle of Wight
Coordinates50°43′26″N 1°08′38″W / 50.723779°N 1.143817°W / 50.723779; -1.143817
Design and construction
ArchitectThomas Hellyer (tower folly)
Main contractorIsaac Barton (tower folly)

Appley Towers, also called Appley Tower or Appley Tower House was an English country house near Appley House in Appley, Isle of Wight. It was the home of the Hutt family, who bought it in the 1870s,[1][2] and later of Sir Hedworth Williamson. The house has been demolished,[3] but a number of its estate buildings survive.


The house was on an eminence with views of the sea, protected by a sea wall. It was Tudor Revival and Gothic Revival in style. There was a clock tower at the east end. After Sir William Hutt bought it in about 1870, he had the house, gardens and estate extensively remodelled.[4]

Other buildings[edit]

In about 1875 Hutt had a folly built just above the beach in the form of a castle tower. The tower is circular, with battlements, a turret and an external stair. It has Gothic Revival tracery windows, and an oriel window facing the sea.[3][5] It survives and is a local landmark.

The estate had a farm with stables and a turreted water tower. These buildings also survive, with the stables divided into three bungalows.[6]

Another surviving building is a 19th-century lodge on Appley Road, built in a Jacobethan and Dutch Revival style.[7]

The estate had a conservatory that measured 63 by 23 feet (19.2 m × 7.0 m). Near it was an aviary that housed rare species of parrots. There was also an orangery. The kitchen gardens and forcing houses were on the opposite side of the road.[citation needed]

A pier existed on the estate by the early 1870s. In 1873 it was replaced by a new 100 foot pier.[8] By the end of 1911 the pier had undergone demolition although silting up of that area had rendered it unusable before that point.[8]


The grounds, described in 1878 in the Journal of Horticulture, had a collection of trees including Acacias longifolia, armata and concinna, Aralia papyrifera, Araucaria brasiliensis, Breadfruit (Artocarpus incisa), Dracaena indivisa, Erythrina crista-galli, Eucalyptus globulus (from seeds received from Nice and Algiers) and peach-shaped-leafed Eucalyptus.[4]

There were shrubs including Azaleas, Aucubas, Boronia serrulata, Bouvardias, Cantua dependens, Clianthus puniceus and magnifica, Correa × harrisii, Fuchsias, Grevillea rosmarinifolia, Hydrangeas, Nerium oleander and Rhododendrons.[4]

There were ferns including Alsophila excelsa and Dicksonia antarctica.[4]

Other plants included Abutilon "Boule de Neige", Abutilon vexillarium, Cassia corymbosa, Desfontainea spinosa, Dasylirions, Eriostemons, Habrothamnus elegans, Lapagerias, Phormium tenax, Rhynchospermum jasminoides and Youngia medio-picta.[4]


  1. ^ Elford & Gascoigne 2004, pp. 11–.
  2. ^ Jenkinson 1876, pp. 10–.
  3. ^ a b Lloyd & Pevsner 2006, p. 243.
  4. ^ a b c d e Cowan 1878, pp. 349–351.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Appley Tower  (Grade II) (1365309)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Appley Farmhouse (including water tower and outbuilding) Benham Lodge Caprice Elsie Bungalow Forelands Hideaway Siesta The Bungalow  (Grade II) (1275128)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Appley Towers Lodge  (Grade II) (1234122)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b Easdown, Martin; Sage, Linda (2011). Piers Of Hampshire & The Isle Of Wight. Amberley. p. 119. ISBN 9781445603551.


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Coordinates: 50°43′26″N 1°08′38″W / 50.7237796°N 1.1438173°W / 50.7237796; -1.1438173