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Sharpe's Folly, Whitton and Tosson

Description: Sharpe's Folly

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 21 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 236336

OS Grid Reference: NU0582300939
OS Grid Coordinates: 405823, 600939
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3025, -1.9098

Location: Hillhead Road, Tosson, Northumberland NE65 7RL

Locality: Whitton and Tosson
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE65 7RL

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Listing Text

NU 00 SE
4/97 Sharpe's Folly
(Formerly listed as
21.10.53 Sharp's Folly)


Folly. Probably 1720s, by Archdeacon Sharpe, Rector of Rothbury. Ashlar. Round
tower c30 ft high.

Blocked round-headed doorway with moulded keystone and slightly chamfered surround.
Very small round windows light the staircase. High up, 4 round-headed windows with
raised imposts and slightly chamfered surrounds; joinery has almost gone. Boldly
projecting cornice, and castellated parapet.

Interior has cantilevered stone stair.

Said to have been built partly to alleviate local unemployment and partly to satisfy
the Archdeacon's taste for astronomy. Probably the earliest folly in the county.

Hodgson J. : History of Northumberland, Part II Vol I : Newcastle : 1827.

Listing NGR: NU0582300939

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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