The other night we went for a walk up at Wimpole Folly. I love it up there, I have done a good bit of archaeology research and landscape history around Wimpole Hall itself and have loads of great memories of past field trips, with people like Twigs Way (Garden Historian) and Alison Taylor (Archaeologist), doing things like surveying and working out where the old villages used to be. The Folly is part of the landscape of Wimpole Hall and if you park up the little side road, near the folly, there is a public footpath and gate so that you can go for a nice walk.
For the first time ever, I saw cows in the field that we needed to walk to. We made our way across the field up to the folly almost going from tree to tree incase the cows were bulls! The folly looks like a kind of castle ruin but that is exactly how it was designed to look. Once you get up close you can see the red brick work faced by limestone which creates this illusion. It was built as a feature in the grounds of Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire. Phillip Yorke (1st Earl of Hardwick), was the owner of Wimpole Hall in the mid-late 1700's and he commissioned Mr. Sanderson Miller to design the folly in 1751, it was later re-built by 'Capability' Brown in 1769. Most of the folly is set out as ruins but the Gothic tower was designed to be used. The tower is a four story structure and was a great place for the gentlemen to go off to play cards and get up to other 'activities'. Wimpole Hall itself is now a National Trust property. I love old parks and gardens and especially all of the garden features like follies and grottos :)
This was one of the many strange and fascinating garden features of the lovely Chippenham Park, Cambridgeshire, which I visited on a field trip there with Dr Twigs Way (Garden Historian). It was before the old walled garden was restored.
I visited this wonderful place during a field trip to Chippenham with Dr Twigs Way (Garden Historian). This picture was taken in the magical old walled garden before the site was restored. As lovely as the site now is, I am so glad I got to see it when it was still run down and stuck in a time warp, you could almost hear the echos from the past all around you.
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