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The Folly Fellowship was founded in 1988 as a pressure group to protect, preserve, and promote follies, grottoes & garden buildings. Initially a group of enthusiasts keen to record what was at first seen as a peculiarly British aspect of architecture, it has grown into a serious conservation and consultative architectural heritage charity, while not losing sight of the basic idea that these buildings are fun - they were built for pleasure before purpose. Some make us laugh, some provoke contemplative thoughts, some can frighten. Some are mere whims, others demand to be taken seriously.
People take their pleasures seriously - why should buildings be any different? An early realisation was the international flavour of the genre although the British Isles can count more follies per square mile than any other region, there are examples to be found all over the world.
In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of the importance of these buildings to our landscapes. Many have been restored and several have been completely rebuilt with local support. Better still, some individuals with imagination and the tenacity to fight the planning process, have begun to build new follies...
The FF continues to be interested in follies both old and new, but equally important to us is the fellowship aspect - our outings are excuses to meet with people from all over the country and from all walks of life. When the day is over we continue to chat over a meal and friendships are made. The conversation opener 'what do you do for a living?' is never heard. If you have an interest in follies, the rest is irrelevant.
The Folly Fellowship Ltd.
Registered Office: 1 Keble House, Manor Fields, London SW15 3LS
Registered In England
Charity No: 1002646
||20/07/2015 - Newly Built page updates
Photo by Anthony Tidbury
The last of the scaffolding comes down from Sandiway Tower, Cheshire, now completely rebuilt after a car ran into it last year. A combination of insurance money and an enthusiastic local pressure group, has ensured the tower was rebuilt even though it is functionless and sits on a island in the middle of a dual carriageway. Well done to all.
Another new one spotted recently - this is a pyramid, about 15ft tall, in a children's park/garden centre just outside Bridgnorth. You can get inside (adults on hands and knees) where there are bench seats and Egyptian figures. A model village composed of miniature Bridgnorth buildings is under construction, as are another Egyptian building and a stone henge.