Houblon Shell House, Hatfield Forest, nr Bishop’s Stortford

Date: September 8, 2022
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Bishop's Stortford

The shell house was created c1757 on the estate of the banking family. The £50 note used to feature Sir John Houblon, a founding director of the Bank of England. Jeremy Musson, the architectural historian, will give a talk. Bring your own picnic lunch or eat in the National Trust café.

The event is free except a £8 parking fee for non members of the National Trust. You may need to book a parking space as a NT member or a NT non member on that day - check website.The Shell House at Hatfield Forest | National Trust

This event is not organised by the Folly Fellowship, but members are welcome to attend. Please notify Tony Wilson at Ant.wilson3@btinternet.com or 01985 840223 if you intent to join the visit and to get details of times.

The Art and Engineering of Water in the 17th Century by Steve Temple

Date: April 19, 2022
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Online

A zoom talk from the Birbeck Garden History Group.

Shellhouse Talks

Start date: December 15, 2021 - End date: February 23, 2022
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online

A series of talks by Margaret and Gerald Hull on a variety of shell themed subjects.

Lectures cost £20.00 for 3 and £30.00 for the full series. Each is around 40 minutes long and is fully illustrated. Please contact geraldwilliam14@gmail.com or margaret_hull@hotmail.co.uk for booking and payment.

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

Date: November 25, 2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
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: 00:00 - 00:00
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: 00:00 - 00:00
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: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online

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

How I Built My Folly – by Alan Terrill

Date: May 23, 2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online

This is a repeat of the talk I gave to the FF last December, but this time for the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust. The talk is free but you must email the Bucks Trust in advance to get on the list. If you missed the talk first time round, here's your chance to catch it again.
If you would like to book, please contact Rosemary Jury: events@bucksgardenstrust.org.uk

Rivington Terraced Gardens: Past Present and Future , a talk by Graham of the Friends of Rivington Garden.

Date: May 27, 2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online