Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 11/24/2015

Photo taken on November 23, 2015

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What a place to build a folly

What a place to build a folly
Grey stones on a grey quarry beneath a grey sky looking out over Cheshire at its grey-est. It is, of course, the well known and oft photographed Mow Cop Folly. Usually, the shots are from below looking up at which point it could look like the possible wall and tower remains of a mediaeval castle but from the side like this you can see what a fake it is ;-) According to Pevsner's Cheshire (The Buildings of England series) this is a "very considerable folly built in 1754 by Randle Wilbraham as an eyecatcher from Rode Hall. It is a very early sham ruin, only a little later than Sanderson Miller's (no idea to what that refers.) It consists of a large ruinous round tower, a high and wide arch, and some walling, and lies right on the outcrops of jagged rock. If only the bungalows were not so near." Fortunately you cannot see the bungalows in this shot. Rode Hall is right down on the plain off to the lower left and is renowned today for its Spring Snowdrop walks.
The folly is National Trust property which is why there is so much protective ironwork around it. I particularly like the almost mediaeval spikes on that wall. No-one is going to invade this castle that way!!

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Brian Smith
Brian Smith
You show off the folly very well together with the magnificent views from up there , I have visited it many times.
3 years ago.
Dave B has replied to Brian Smith
Thank you Brian. I found it frustrating to get the Folly and the distant view. Luckily (and I should have planned it deliberately) two of my shots just about blended to make a bit of a panorama.
3 years ago.