Your Bike in front of a "Folly"

Discussion in 'Photo Gallery' started by Tizme, 9 Jan 2018.

  1. Tizme

    Tizme Über Member

    Not sure if this is really a Folly, but far too grand to be "just" the [former] entrance to a farm:
    At Redlynch, 'twixt Bruton and Wincanton (Somerset)

    But this IS a Folly:

    King Alfred’s Tower is a 160ft (49m) high folly, designed by Henry Flitcroft for Henry Hoare II in 1772. It is believed to mark the site where King Alfred the Great rallied his troops in 878. The tower commemorates the accession of George III to the throne in 1760 and the end of the Seven Years War.
    Part of Stourhead NT land.
    Not the best of days to photo it!

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  2. i hate hills

    i hate hills Done done on to the next one..........

    My i say what an impressive looking mount that is ........
  3. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    My Ian May by the folly on spectacle lane , Moulton .

    This what i can find about it : Gate arch. Probably mid C18. Regular coursed lias. Pointed arch with stepped gable over, flanked by tall circular turrets with castellations. Pair of iron gates in archway. Possibly erected as one of a range of similar follies on the Boughton Hall estate.

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  4. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Not just A folly but The Folly

  5. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    I remember reading Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly many years ago and wondered what a folly actually was. Now I think I know!
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  6. Not a folly, but a lot of people seemingly think it is, hence my inclusion
    Steeton Hall Gate-House
    South Milford
    I generally pass by, on the way home, after calling at 'Squires'

    Rides. Steeton Hall. 1.JPG Road-Trip. 3.JPG

    This, on the other hand is a folly
    Not my bike, but lots of bikes
    1992 World Cyclo-Cross Championships
    Roundhay Park

    Roger Hammond took the win there!!!
    It's taken 'us' 25 years to get another CX world title, with Tom Pidcock, who........................... lives (parents do) in Roundhay!!

    Hammmond. 31.jpg
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  7. OP

    Tizme Über Member

    Now I feel guilty, I was going to take a trip out to get a photo of Cranmore Tower today, but the cold and my hip still sore from yesterdays (abysmally short) ride made me lazy. Still, the good news is that I only have a maximum of 10 weeks to wait for my left hip to be replaced - balance the right one replaced two years ago! Two new hips before I reach 61, 4 years ago I was still qualifying "Good For Age" for the London Marathon!
  8. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    A local Folly

  9. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    The " Folly" cottage in Pavenham

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  10. I think a Spitfire crashed into it during the war .
    It is also a landmark which you can see all the way from Brinkworth on a clear day .
  11. simongt

    simongt Über Member

    Essentially, a folly is a piece of grand architecture, usually built in isolation, for no particular purpose other than either marking some event or simply built at the whim of an eccentric landowner. It's often this eccentricity which is the basis of their charm.^_^
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  12. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    S W France
    Could be a foolish or even stupid act, especially the prefaced by the word "youthful" ......l can recall a few :whistle:
  13. The Dovecote Tower at RIVINGTON, known locally to all and sundry as the Pigeon Tower.

    Pidgeon Tower.jpeg
  14. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

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  15. You and me both marra
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