Fun & Fantasy With Follies

Highclere Castle Folly – Jackdaw’s Castle

During the recent run of Downton Abbey, I was asked by a client what the purpose was of a temple-looking building that was on the grounds of Highclere Castle (the actual name of the estate), which appeared to have no particular reason or purpose. This, I said, was a folly. And if you don’t know, follies are structures, as Gwyn Headley and Wim Meulenkamp, authors of the book ”Follies,” offer this amusing definition, calling them ”structures erected in complete disregard of the usual building practices and tastes, on sites that bear no relation to the ease of access, for purposes so bizarre or whimsical as to make their cost out of all proportion to their spurious utility.”

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