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Friday, Jun 29 2012 by

In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs. In the original use of the word, these buildings had no other use, but from the 19th to 20th centuries the term was also applied to highly decorative buildings which had secondary practical functions such as housing, sheltering or business use.

Perrott's Folly (Google Maps)
Perrott's Folly

Clavell's Tower Folly Kimmeridge (Bing Maps)
Clavell's Tower Folly Kimmeridge
Fake gothic castle / Wimpole Hall Folly (Google Maps)
Fake gothic castle / Wimpole Hall Folly

King Alfred's Tower (Google Maps)
King Alfred's Tower

'The TowerHouse' by Marlon Blackwell (Birds Eye)
'The TowerHouse' by Marlon Blackwell

Conolly's Folly (Birds Eye)
Conolly's Folly
Perrott's Folly (StreetView)
Perrott's Folly

Broadway Tower (StreetView)
Broadway Tower
Conolly's Folly (StreetView)
Conolly's Folly

National Monument (Google Maps)
National Monument