Landmark Trust

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The Landmark Trust
Formation 1965
Legal status Building conservation and preservation charity
Headquarters Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Region served
Predominantly UK
Dr Anna Keay

The Landmark Trust is a British building conservation charity, founded in 1965 by Sir John and Lady Smith, that rescues buildings of historic interest or architectural merit and then makes them available for holiday rental. The Trust's headquarters is at Shottesbrooke in Berkshire.

Most trust properties are in England, Scotland and Wales. Some are on Lundy Island off the coast of north Devon, operated under lease from the National Trust. In continental Europe there are Landmark sites in Belgium, France and Italy. Four properties are in the United States—all in Vermont—one of which, Naulakha, was the home of Rudyard Kipling in the 1890s. The American sites are owned by an independent sister charity Landmark Trust USA. There is also an Irish Landmark Trust.[1]

Those who rent "Landmarks" provide a source of funds to support restoration costs and building maintenance. The trust has 190 properties,[2] of varying sizes. Landmark sites include forts, farmhouses, manor houses, mills, cottages, castles, gatehouses, follies and towers and represent historic periods from medieval to 20th century.

In May 2015 five life-sized sculptures, Land, were placed near the centre and at four compass points of the UK in a commission by the Landmark Trust to celebrate its 50th anniversary. They were at Lowsonford (Warwickshire), Lundy (Bristol Channel), Clavell Tower (Dorset), Saddell Bay (Scotland), and the Martello Tower (Aldeburgh, Suffolk).[3][4]

The following lists aim to be complete and illustrate both the variety of structures and geographical spread of the trust.

Properties in the Channel Islands[edit]

Fort Clonque, Alderney
Jetty and harbour, Lundy
The Old Light, Lundy
St.Helena's Church, Lundy
Alton Station, Staffordshire
Appleton Water Tower, Norfolk
Gurney Manor, Somerset
Manor Farm, Norfolk
Marshall Wade's House, Bath
Morpeth Castle, Northumberland
The Pigsty, North Yorkshire
Stogursey Castle, Somerset
Tixall Gatehouse, Staffordshire
Woodspring Priory, Somerset
Castle of Park, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
The Dunmore Pineapple, Falkirk, Scotland
Clytha Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales
The Spanish Steps, seen from Piazza di Spagna, Italy. John Keats lived in the house in the right foreground.

Properties in the United Kingdom[edit]



Main article: Lundy

The Landmark Trust manages the Island of Lundy in the Bristol Channel on behalf of the National Trust and operates a number of holiday cottages there. The properties on Lundy managed by the Trust include:

  • The Barn
  • Bramble Villa East
  • Bramble Villa West
  • Castle and Keep Cottages
  • Government House
  • Hanmers
  • Millcombe House
  • The Old House
  • The Old Light
  • The Old School
  • Tibbets

The Trust operates the following properties in other parts of England:



Properties in France[edit]

Properties in Italy[edit]

Properties in the USA[edit]


The Landmark Trust Lundy Island Philatelic Archive was donated to the British Library Philatelic Collections in 1991 and is located at the British Library.[5]


  1. ^ "Irish Landmark". Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Handbook - History to Discover". The Landmark Trust. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Land - An art installation for all to mark Landmark’s 50th year". Landmark Trust. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sir Antony Gormley sculptures placed at five UK beauty spots". BBC. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Philatelic Research at the British Library by David Beech

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