Friday Fun: Garden Follies

Thank you to Guy Savage for suggesting that we take a look at the luxurious garden follies of the 18th and 19th centuries. I may have widened the remit somewhat to include architectural follies from around the world, but the UK seems to have the highest number. What that says about the Brits, I don’t know…

The modest treehouse folly made of wood, from mycookingmagazine.com
The modest treehouse folly made of wood, from mycookingmagazine.com
Sir Izaak Walton's garden folly, where he wrote about angling (his hobby shed, in other words). From The Telegraph.
Izaak Walton’s garden folly, where he wrote about angling (his hobby shed, in other words). From The Telegraph.
The medieval reproduction, from Youtube.
The medieval reproduction in Northamptonshire, from Youtube.
Temple of Apollo in the gardens at Stourhead, from The Daily Mail.
Temple of Apollo in the gardens at Stourhead, from The Daily Mail.
A tuscan temple in Yorkshire, from Pinterest.
A tuscan temple in Yorkshire, from Pinterest.
That pinnacle of all follies, Broadway Tower in Worcestershire. From Wikimedia.com
That pinnacle of all follies, Broadway Tower in Worcestershire. From Wikimedia.com
Swallow's Nest in Yalta, from lonely-bloggers-page.blogspot.com
The most breathtaking setting: Swallow’s Nest in Yalta, overlooking the Black Sea, from lonely-bloggers-page.blogspot.com
Chanteloup tower, near Amboise, France. From Pinterest.
Chanteloup tower, near Amboise, France. From Pinterest.
Conolly's Folly in County Kildare, Ireland, apparently built to provide employment during the Irish famine of 1740-41. From Twistedsifter.com
Conolly’s Folly in County Kildare, Ireland, apparently built to provide employment during the Irish famine of 1740-41. From Twistedsifter.com
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, (Kinkakuji) is also a sort of folly, in Kyoto, Japan. From Japanesequest.com
It could be argued that the Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) is also a type of folly, in Kyoto, Japan. From Japanesequest.com

 

 

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22 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Garden Follies”

  1. Choices, choices! The Yalta one has spectacular views, the Walton one is cosy – but I think Japan wins out for beauty! 😀

  2. Hello, mon amie

    How about one of these follies for your garden ? Have a great day and week-end. Much love xxx > WordPress.com > MarinaSofia posted: “Thank you to Guy Savage for suggesting that we > take a look at the luxurious garden follies of the 18th and 19th > centuries. I may have widened the remit somewhat to include > architectural follies from around the world, but the UK seems to have > the highest n” >

  3. I love follies. We have one called Sham Castle over looking Bath. Perhaps the greatest English folly was Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey in Wiltshire whose ridiculously grandiose tower collapsed under its own weight not once but twice. Well worth looking up on Wikipedia if you have a minute.

      1. That is another amazing one – so many spectacularly pointless ones in England – there must have been many wealthy people with an artistic bent!

  4. I’ll have Walton’s, although the Yalta one is beautiful. (Also, that Tuscan one in Yorkshire looks very familiar – did they film the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice declaration of love scene there?)

  5. The Yalta one for me, please! I do like the idea of a folly – I wonder if I could fit a temple into my backyard – ha! The neighbours would be sooo jealous!!!

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