The Mausolea & Monuments Trust

APPEAL: Hope Springs Eternal

In 2010 the Mausolea & Monuments Trust launched its first major campaign for several years: to repair and restore the mausoleum of Thomas Hope in Dorking, Surrey.

Thomas Hope (1769–1831) is recognised internationally as one of great figures in 19th century taste. His country house, The Deepdene, was demolished in 1969, but one singular building remains: the Mausoleum he built in its grounds to house the body of his young son Charles who died in 1817. This massive archaic Greek structure lies in a picturesque dell, 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 have raised over £80,000. Our generous sponsors are keen to see public support for the campaign in the form of donations on the fundraising webpage.

Please make a donation today.


If you are interested in making a substantial donation, please contact us on and we can arrange to show you the mausoleum and explain our proposals in detail.


In addition to the donors listed below, pledges amounting to £70,000 have been received from charitable trusts, foundations, societies and other organisations.  We are most grateful for this support, which is counted in the total of funds raised and will be individually acknowledged when the work has been completed and the funds drawn down.


Volunteers have put an immense amount of hard work in to clearing and maintaining the site and volunteer hours amount to 2,014 as at November 2012.  Although a sum has not been included for this labour in the appeal total, the work is integral to the project and is greatly appreciated.  Thank you to volunteers Bryan Dennis, Volunteer Warden:  Sue Dent, Sue Tombs, Roger Troughton, David Stagg, John Hall, Sally Burgess, Brian Saunders, Rob Watson, Martin Coslett, Simon Youlton and Tim Stevens.


The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
Thomas Cocke in memoriam
Hannah Parham & Robin Hopkins
Rachel Bower
Curt DiCamillo
Edmund Bird
John St Brioc Hooper
Robert Wall
Kenneth Parham
William Wates Memorial Trust
Patience Ewart-Smith
Roger Bowdler
Philip Loy
Andrew Harvey
Marcus Decies
Alex & Pippa Bagnall
Westcott Local History Group
Reigate & Redhill Tangent Club
Howard Orme
Gerald Gardiner
Jamie Goodman
Dorking Local History Group
Philip Hewat Jaboor
Geoffrey Robb
Andrew Sutton
Old Johnians of St John’s School, Leatherhead
Elmbridge Retirement Village Luncheon Club
Tom Tumelty
The Rotary Club of Dorking Deepdene
Society of Dilettanti
Paul Street
Geoff Brandwood
Ewhurst History Society
Maurice Buckley

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