‘India in England’ by Kate Harwood

Date: December 4, 2021
Time: 20.00
Location: Online

The first British outpost was set up in India at Surat a few years after Captain Hawkins had landed there in 1608. From then on the East India Company influence spread across most of India and thousands upon thousands of soldiers, administrators, government employees and hangers-on experienced the sub-continent. Some of these brought home ideas for  their own estates, often in the form of garden buildings. This talk will look at this legacy and discuss why and who succumbed to the charm of the Indian garden and wished to replicate it at home

‘Weird and Wonderful ‘follies’ in Saskatchewan by Claire Terrill

Date: November 20, 2021
Time: 20.00
Location: Online

Canada is too young to have any historical follies, but there are a surprising number of odd things even in the vast prairies of Saskatchewan.

Ickworth – a stupendous monument to folly (as much about the Hervey family especially the Earl Bishop) by Caroline Holmes

Date: November 6, 2021
Time: 20.00
Location: Online

An online Zoom talk for FF members

‘A lasting habitation not made with human hands; burials at Maudlins Burial Ground, Naas’ by Brian McCabe

Date: November 25, 2021
Time: 19.30
Location: Online

Brian is an author on genealogy and local history and has carried out in depth research into those buried in Maudlins burial ground. He is currently acting Chairman of the Federation of Kildare History Groups and a Council member of the Kildare Archaeological Society.
The Follies Trust is delighted to acknowledge the support and information from Brian and Kildare Archaeological Society since it became involved in the conservation of the pyramid mausolea in 2019.

The talk is free but you must register at https://naasunion.com

The Art of Heritage Blacksmithing

Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 19.30
Location: Online

A talk by Colm Bagnall of Bushy Park Ironworks

The firm, which is based in Tallaght, was formed by Edward Bisgood and Colm Bagnall in 1990. They design, forge and fabricate in a range of metals including wrought and cast iron for public and private architectural projects. In August 2021 they completed the restoration for the Follies Trust of the doors to the pyramid mausolea in Maudlins burial ground, Naas, Co. Kildare. Colm's lecture will feature this project.
The Follies Trust is delighted to acknowledge grant aid for this project from the Heritage Council, BHIS and Naas Union of Churches.

Anyone wishing to attend must book through the Church website home page https://naasunion.com

Talk on Cottage Ornes, presented by the Dorset Gardens Trust

Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 2.30pm
Location: Cerne Abbas Village Hall

The term ‘cottage orné’ suggests to many people Marie Antoinette and her make-believe rural ensemble in the grounds of Versailles. It is in fact an English invention of the earlier 18th century, and arguably the only architectural style that covers the whole social spectrum. It originated in simple buildings for the rural poor and gradually ascended the social ladder, becoming ever more fanciful, until it was adopted not just by aristocrats but also royalty: George IV inevitably had the largest (Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park), while the Tsar had his oxymoronically-named Cottage Palace outside St Petersburg. Roger White, author of the definitive book on the subject (Yale University Press 2017) describes the architecture and social background of the style, with particular reference to surviving examples in Dorset and adjoining counties

Talk on Rousham Gardens

Date: October 12, 2021
Time: 19.00 -20.00
Location: Online

A talk at the Garden Museum, Lambeth, London , also available online

Warwickshire Trip

Date: August 21, 2021
Time: 12.00
Location: Warwickshire

Day Trip to Chesterton Windmill and Farnborough Hall, ending with a cream tea at a local village hall. All enquiries to Andrew Plumridge at plumridge@architect-uk.com

One member £18.00 GBP
Two members £36.00 GBP
NT Member £12.00 GBP
Two NT Members £24.00 GBP

Buckingham Palace trip (Now sold out)

Date: September 13, 2021
Time: 13.45
Location: London

Andrew Plumridge has secured 25 tickets for a group of us to tour the gardens of Buckingham Palace on Monday, 13 September, starting at 1:45pm. Whilst the only folly there is the Admiralty Seat, the gardens are special enough for us to regard this as a social event to bring members together after the long lockdown.