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Westerton Folly at Nz 2402031057

A Grade II Listed Building in Coundon, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.674 / 54°40'26"N

Longitude: -1.629 / 1°37'44"W

OS Eastings: 424020

OS Northings: 531057

OS Grid: NZ240310

Mapcode National: GBR KG2D.38

Mapcode Global: WHC52.YSF6

Entry Name: Westerton Folly at Nz 2402031057

Listing Date: 20 September 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1196452

English Heritage Legacy ID: 385618

Location: County Durham, DL14

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Coundon

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Coundon

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text


(North side)
Westerton Folly at NZ 2402031057


Observatory. Used at one time as reading room and by 1924 as
council office. c1765. For Thomas Wright of Byers Green.
Rubble stone with ashlar dressings; no roof. Tall round tower
of 3 storeys.
Ground floor has 6 shallow buttresses with offsets and coping.
Rusticated round-headed surround to blocked door at east.
Plain stone Tudor-arched surround between 2nd and 3rd
buttresses left from door. Cross arrow slits in ground floor.
First floor band. Arrow slits and small lancet slits, probably
stair lights, above. Each upper floor has a round-headed
opening facing north-east. All lights blocked except
first-floor south-east lancet and second floor larger opening.
Top band. No access to interior.
Commemorative plaque to left of door, "This observatory tower
was erected by Thomas Wright born at Byers Green 1711 died
there 1786. To commemorate his treatise THEORY OF THE UNIVERSE
published 1750, this tablet was placed here by the University
of Durham 1950."
(Surtees H C: History of the Parish of Coundon: Mainsforth:
1924-: 8).

Listing NGR: NZ2402031057

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