Blackwood’s First Folly: Wimpole’s Folly in Cambridgeshire

Hello, all! Welcome to my new blog. If you are a friend of Blackwood’s Magazinethen I welcome you heartily! If you are a new friend, I welcome you with arms equally open.

In the spirit of my new follies, I have decided to center my first post round a particularly romantic pieces of folly architecture: Wimpole’s Folly in Cambridgeshire, England.

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The lake and folly in the grounds of Wimpole Hall.

Wimpole’s Folly is a folly ruin located on the grounds of Wimpole Hall, in the parish of Wimpole. The folly is designed to resemble the ruins of a medieval castle. It was built on the grounds of Wimpole Hall in the mid-1770s at the order of Philip Yorke, first Earl of Hardwicke, the then owner of Wimpole Hall.

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Wimpole Hall.

Yorke commissioned Sanderson Miller, the noted follies architect of the day, to design the folly in 1751.

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Sanderson Miller.

The folly was built in 1769 by Lancelot “Capability” Brown.

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Capability Brown.

The ruins are 200 feet in length, and include a 4-story Gothic tower. They, and Wimpole Hall, are currently owned by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty (better known simply as the National Trust), and are open to the public.

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Wimpole garden.
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