History Dating back to 1820, the mansion was originally designed in a fantasised Gothic style by Charles Barry - the same architect who created the Houses of Parliament. Inheriting his family's ancestral home, the younger Lord Lovelace wanted to develop an impressive property to showcase his immense wealth, so he refurbished Horsley Towers accordingly in the height of fashion. Among his developments were the cloisters, which served as a modern-day conservatory and were embellished with colourful décor and carvings in Gothic Revival style. Time-worn rumour tells of a secret tunnel running from underneath the cloisters to the local inn. No such tunnel has yet been found - however, in this enigmatic building a discovery wouldn't be over-surprising!