What is a folly?
The question many of us dread – we know one instinctively, but trying to convey that to an interested newcomer? Difficult. The thing is, they don’t all fall into one neat category that is easily defined, and if they did, the subject would be far less interesting than it is. So I’m not going to go for a brief dictionary style definition. Instead I’ll try and explain what we mean by all the different words we use to describe the unusual buildings that we know and love in the Folly Fellowship, and give illustrations of each type, which may convey more than the words..