Severndroog Castle was built by Lady James, probably as a memorial to her husband. It was used as a museum, to house some of the mementoes of his career.
Its style reminds us of castles built as fortresses, and its high location makes it an impressive feature in the landscape. But, unlike such castles, Severndroog is small and has no living accommodation.
In the 18th century it was popular with rich people to build eye-catching buildings which had no practical use, but were a display of the owner?s wealth, reputation or learning. Many of these buildings became known as ?follies?.
Severndroog Castle is a Gothic-style building. Popular in the 18th century, the style used features from medieval churches, cathedrals and castles, including arched windows, stone carvings, spires and turrets.
Severndroog Castle is near to the top of Shooters Hill, and the site is 132 metres (432 feet) above sea level. Seven counties may be seen from the top.
The main Roman road from London to Dover went over Shooters Hill. It was a remote and dangerous place with few houses, and highwaymen often robbed unlucky travellers. The name, first recorded in 1226 as ?the hill of the shooter, or archer?, may be associated with these criminal activities.