Saturday, January 24, 2015
Cobham Wood and the Darnley Mausoleum
John Bligh, the 3rd Earl of Darnley left detailed instructions in his will about the pyramid he wanted built on his estate at Cobham, Kent as a final resting place for himself and his family members. Designed by James Wyatt and built by George Dance Jr in 1783 the mausoleum was never consecrated and so no one is actually buried there.
It has endured a sordid past as the setting for porn films and black masses. Now restored and managed by the National Trust the mausoleum is open to the public on Sundays. Cobham Wood has been designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty and is open year round.