Thomas Hope (1769–1831) is recognised internationally as one of great figures in 19 century taste. His country house, The Deepdene near Dorking in Surrey, was demolished in 1969, but one singular building remains: the Mausoleum he built to house the body of his young son Charles who died in 1817. This massive archaic Greek structure lies in a picturesque dell within the grounds of The Deepdene, but was neglected and then part-buried in the 1960s. It now awaits rescue.
As Hope’s only extant building, the Hope Mausoleum deserves respect as the place of his burial, as well as being an extraordinary instance of the Neoclassical way of death. We are currently applying to various government bodies and charitable trusts to secure funding, and it helps enormously to point to public support for the campaign in the form of donations via this webpage. Please make a donation today.