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Folly: (Architecture) - A useless but costly structure, often in the form of a sham Gothic or classical ruin; esp. popular in 18th century England.
Thus spaketh the dictionary but, I would beg to differ. They may well be useless in the understanding of day to day living but I wonder how much joy and pleasure they have brought to people over the centuries when other, more mundane structures, leave much to be desired.
Apart from what the dictionary says, many of them were also lookouts, obviously placed to advantage on high points. This is one of the more elaborate of them, certainly much more significant than the one I visited at Cotehele (Cornwall pages).
Sadly, our continuing run of poor weather made the view a non-event, as the haze made visibility beyond the immediate area somewhat limited.
What's labelled as the Cotswold stone, a term that incites instant recognition of the light tan colour so common in the area, is, in fact, something called oolite which is a type of limestone.
Depending on exactly where it's mined it may be a deeper or lighter hue than even other buildings in the same town.
This particular building is in the upper end of High Street.
Broadway Tower is about 1 mile south-east of the village of Broadway.
It was built on an ancient beacon site in the 18th century. It is a 'folly', meaning it was built as more of a leisure than having any significant purpose. Today the tower houses exhibitions, connecting to its history & the surrounding areas.
It is a private-owned building.Opening Times :
10.30am-5.00pm daily (Apr-Oct)
11.00am-3.00pm (Nov-March on Saturdays & Sundays only)
Adult £4.00 Child £2.30
Family ticket (2 adults-3 children) £11.50
44 (0) 1386 852390
Broadway Tower Country Park
Worcestershire WR12 7LB
England. The photo taken by me is showing Patrick & Roger, my 2 guides...
Thanks to them, I could explore The Cotswold; Seriously, it's a dream comes true on my part !
The tower is not that high judging from the 2 guys standing near it...
A village in style
In Broadway everything is elegant, exclusive and done in style, you have 'cashmere specialists', a special tea shop, expensive hairstylists, jewellery designed specially for you, luxury handmade chocolates from an old fashioned sweet shop, a golf club, to list but a few. There are also some high class hotels and restaurants for gourmets as well as numerous pubs and inns, all keeping the high standards. Now if you think that an ordinary street ice cream seller can't possibly keep up the style, look at this lady in High Street and her outfit. Doesn't she look charming?
BTW, thanks for the ice cream, Alan, so refreshing on that hot day.
A wonderful future, the Aussie connection
At the turn of the 20th century, The Lygon Arms was bought by Sydney Bolton Russell for 6,000 pounds. Russell had the idea of restoring the, by this time, somewhat run-down Inn to the magnificent coaching Inn it had once been and one of his first moves was to rebuild the old Assembly Room of which Charles Drury had been so proud. Sir Aston Webb, a noted architect of the time, was commissioned to design a new room that could be used as a dining room in the summer and a ballroom in the winter. Webb immediately relocated the entire room to achieve more space and to make room for a garden behind. Thus The Great Hall, now The Lygon Arms' award-winning restaurant, was established.
During the 1930's, Russell passed the management of The Inn to his son Donald, who inherited his father's love of English food and country hospitality. Soon after he took over, World War II broke out and Donald spent the ensuing years cheering up the lives of the servicemen who stayed at The Inn. Among these visiting servicemen was a young Australian named Douglas Barrington, who struck up a warm friendship with Donald Russell. In 1945, after the war had ended, Barrington returned to The Lygon Arms and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1946 and later to Managing Director in 1956 before the 1986 takeover ensued.
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