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Keppel's Column is a Grade II listed tower, standing at 115 feet (35m) tall, located between Wentworth and Kimberworth in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. It is one of several follies found in Wentworth Woodhouse park, including Hoober Stand and Needle's Eye. The column was built in the late-18th century to commemorate Admiral Augustus Keppel's acquittal in court-martial after the Battle of Ushant. It was commissioned in 1773 by Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham and designed by John Carr. Construction finished in 1780, with the original plan being a pedestal surmounted by an obelisk, though the design was changed to a tall column.
Keppel's Column visibly bulges due to an entasis correction, which became inappropriate when funding problems reduced the tower's height. The tower includes an internal spiral staircase and is located on a hill within the Wentworth Estates, rising over 480 feet (150m) above mean sea level. It is one of the highest hills in the Borough of Rotherham, second only to the hill where Hoober Stand is situated.
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