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

Interior view

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.