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Latitude: 55.3025 / 55°18'9"N
Longitude: -1.9098 / 1°54'35"W
OS Eastings: 405823
OS Northings: 600939
OS Grid: NU058009
Mapcode National: GBR H734.B0
Mapcode Global: WHB0Q.MZSD
Entry Name: Sharpe's Folly
Listing Date: 21 October 1953
Last Amended: 29 May 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1155472
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236336
Location: Whitton and Tosson, Northumberland, NE65
Civil Parish: Whitton and Tosson
Traditional County: Northumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland
Church of England Parish: Upper Coquetdale
Church of England Diocese: Newcastle
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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
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