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Description: The Broadwood Folly at Juniper Hall
Date Listed: 14 December 2005
English Heritage Building ID: 494323
OS Grid Reference: TQ1765652291
OS Grid Coordinates: 517656, 152290
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2576, -0.3153
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The Broadwood Folly at Juniper Hall
Landscape garden feature. Built circa 1815. Architect unknown.
EXTERIOR: The Broadwood Folly is a circular tower constructed of regular courses of flint, standing about 8m high, with a decorative machicolated course at parapet level. There is a door on its east side, now roughly blocked with flint, and another blocked narrower entrance to the north. At ground level to the south west is a small window opening, and there are four more openings, two large and two small, at the upper level.
INTERIOR: rendered or plastered. The settings for the steps of a spiral stair can be seen rising to the top of the tower: there seem to have been two floors, one about 2.5m above the ground and a second at parapet level. A tree, a holme oak, now grows through the centre of the tower, its leafy crown hanging over the top.
HISTORY: The Folly was built on Lodge Hill by Thomas Broadwood, a member of the well-known piano manufacturing family, sometime after he purchased Juniper Hall in 1815. Headley and Meulenkamp state that the tower was built as a Waterloo memorial. From the tower to the north through an avenue of beeches was a vista of Juniper Hall: the vista remains, and although the beeches were lost in the gale of 1987, the avenue is now being restored (2005).
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Listed as a substantially complete late-Georgian landscape feature which retains its context as an Eye-catcher within the estate of Juniper Hall.
Headley, G and Meulenkamp, W. 1986 Follies: A National Trust Guide.
Juniper Hall Field Centre: A Brief History of the House and Centre. Leaflet, Juniper Hall Field Centre.
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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