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A structure, often found in 18th-century landscape gardens, that demonstrates eccentricity or excess rather than practical purpose. They can take many forms including ruins, sham castles, towers, hermits' cells or grottoes.


The folly at Wallington, Northumberland was originally the triumphal arch which stood in the centre of the stables. It was moved to this field in 1754 following the completion of the clock tower. It is used as an eye-catching folly and can be seen from the East Wood. Photograph copyright: Sarah Collins, 2007.