Located in Arundel Park, a beautiful medieval town in the English county of West Sussex, this tower has been rated many times of a peculiar whim of the Duke of Norfolk who had it built in the 18th century. And that qualification of caprice or madness is due to its peculiar shape and that it was not built for any purpose of use.
The Hiorne Tower is actually three turrets up to 15 meters high, between which they generate a triangular-shaped plant. A very peculiar design that was supervised by Francis Hiorne of Warwick.
These three towers have an octagonal base and the walls that unify the enclosure are thrown between them. Some stone ashlar walls where the windows of clear Gothic evocation open. The truth is that the architect with this project had one objective, and it was none other than to pass a test by the Duke of Norfolk, who had asked him what he was capable of building, because he wanted to commission him to restore his castle. So he set out to erect this peculiar tower where each of its three sides looks out on prominent places in the environment: the Downs woods, Swanbourne Lake and the Pughdean Valley.
But unfortunatelyFrancis Hiornedied shortly after the tower was completed, so it was the Duke, who undertook the restoration of his residence, but acting himself as director ofthose restoration works on his castle palace that can still be seen in the nearby town of Arundel.
In addition, it is also said that Hiorne's design did not convince him, although that is not entirely easy to prove. However, in defense of the architect, it must be said that it was not always easy to satisfy the whims of the aristocracy, sometimes as incredible as ordering this expensive construction without any function. At least originally, because the truth is that later generations of Duke of Norfolk used the Hiorne Tower as a rest pavilion and also as a base for their famous hunts in the environment. In addition to the fact that during much of the 20th century it was rented as a residence for other we althy people.
Today it is true that the tower remains empty and although it has been consolidated and restored a few years ago, a deeper care job would not hurt. Because the truth is that this building is a jewel of West Sussex heritage. And its current cataloging is very curious, since we must not forget that the construction of the tower originated as a simple test of architectural capacity, something that today is done in plans, models and even 3D recreations. But those were other times.