Will and Guy are building up a collection of funny follies and strange structures. We only wish we had the spare money to commission such an indulgent building!
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- Funny, Amusing and True Folly Stories
- Further Funny Follies from the USA
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- Ten Folly Quotations to Set You Thinking
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- A folly is often described as a building built for fun rather than for a purpose.
- Some follies were built to commemorate particular events or battles, but occasionally they were built merely to keep the workers busy during periods of unemployment.
- Another reason to build a folly house was as an "eye catcher". Often grand looking structures, or buildings made to look like ruins, were built in parkland to improve the view from a large country house.
- A popular name for any costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder.
- A great useless structure or one left unfinished, having been begun without a reckoning of the cost.
More Follies Which Defy Logic The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. H. L. Mencken3. Faringdon, South West Oxfordshire, England The 100ft Folly Tower lies to the east of the market town of Faringdon, in Oxfordshire, England. Farington is claimed by some to be the last true folly built in England. What makes this folly curious is that at the insistence of Lord Berners it was topped with gothic flourishes and mock battlements, and this was 1935 and not 1635. Check out the fantastic views over 5 counties and find out about the history of Folly Hill, Henry James Pye (of Sing a Song of Sixpence fame), Oliver Cromwell and the very eccentric Lord Berners (the creator of the tower). See more on the Faringdon Folly Tower 4. The Folly House in the Clouds The house in the clouds is one of Britain's best known follies and can be found in the beautiful countryside near the village of Thorpeness, north of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Now a holiday letting; people come from far and wide to stay in the property. It was built in 1923 as the Thorpeness water tower, disguised as a house to avoid it being an eyesore. Originally it was a five storey house underneath the water tank, which itself was hidden by enclosing it in a house-like structure complete with pitched roof. We were impressed with the neat room alignment on the corners. Later, when Thorpeness was linked to a mains water supply, the tank inside was dismantled and the space turned into additional living accommodation making the folly house you see today. 5. Goring-by-sea Grotto A recent addition to the world of follies can be seen in West Sussex, in Goring-by-sea, a picturesque Sussex village. A retired teacher living in Goring-by-Sea spent more than a year creating a strange combination of tower, summer house and grotto in his back garden. The art form, although less popular in these days, has not entirely disappeared. 6. Racton Folly When Will was young he often went into the countryside. It was on one of these excursions that he found Racton ruin. It can be seen close to the village of Funtingdon, near Chichester, West Sussex, England. We have established that its original purpose is uncertain, but it might have been intended as a summerhouse to complement the main Stansted House, nearby. An alternative possibility, which we favour, is that it was built by the then owner so that he could see his trading ships berth at Emsworth, then a major port and now a beautiful small town worth visiting. Either way, some folk have told us that it perhaps qualifies today more as a curiosity than a folly. While this is a sad picture, it does stimulate the imagination. Firstly there is a play on words, Racton - rack and ruin, then thoughts turn to what happened in those great holes that were once windows ......
A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.about follies:
- I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. - Anatole France
- He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. - Proverb
- Folly is the direct pursuit of happiness and beauty. - George Bernard Shaw
- A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. - George Bernard Shaw
- The most exquisite folly is made of wisdom too fine spun. - Benjamin Franklin
- Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance. - Beverly Sills
- The folly of one man is the fortune of another. - Sir Francis Bacon
- Answer a fool according to his folly. - Bible
- Do not let me hear Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly. - TS Eliot
- Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. - Samuel Johnson
Another Type of Folly?The Folies Bergère is a Parisian music hall which was at the height of its fame and popularity from the 1890s through the 1920s. It opened on 2 May 1869. You can visit the Folies Bergère in Paris, France, at 32 rue Richer in the 9th Arrondissement, it was built as an opera house by the architect Plumeret. Famous painting opposite: LaDanse du Feu by Jules Cheret
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