A costly but useless structure within the United Kingdom, often a tower or sham Gothic or classical ruin in a landscaped park, intended to enhance the view or picturesque effect.
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Built in 1827 for the accomplished but eccentric William Beckford, it is now a museum. The Bath Preservation Trust provides photographs, a brief history and description, and visitor information.
Follies, Grottoes and Garden Buildings
Pavilions of Splendour defines a folly and provides illustrated descriptions of some examples.
An illustrated introduction by Ed Broom to this six-story 16th-century building overlooking the River Orwell in Suffolk, with extracts about it from various guidebooks.
John "Mad Jack" Fuller
Biography of this eccentric Georgian squire and MP, remembered for folly building, philanthropy and patronage of the arts and sciences. Includes photographs and descriptions of his follies.
Painswick Rococo Garden
Official site for this 18th-century garden dotted with follies. Photographs, description and visitor information.
A Scottish Pineapple
J.K. Gillon's illustrated description and discussion of the inspiration for the Dunmore Pineapple garden folly, built in 1761.
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