WYATT, James
(b. 1746, Burton Constable, d. 1813, Marlborough)

Interior view

1808-17
Photo
Ashridge, Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

One of the most successful architects of the time was James Wyatt. His last Gothic Revival country house at Ashridge is a perfect example of the Castle Style. The large central tower of the spacious building is completely occupied by a stairwell, which is open through the full height of the tower and enclosed by a fan vault. In this building, an overwhelming effect was sought, prompted by the crossing towers of medieval cathedrals.

The photo shows the vaulting of the stair tower.