Brown’s Folly, Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire, BA15 (Grade II)

Brown’s Folly is a grade two (II) listed building in Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire, BA15. It was first listed in 1988.

About Brown’s Folly

ST 76 NE MONKTON FARLEIGH BATHFORD HILL (north side)



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Partly in Bathford C.P., Avon. Folly. 1848 by Mr. Wade Brown. Coursed rubble stone with shallow hipped Welsh slate roof. Tapered square tower with offset top stage. Square-headed doorway with C20 steel door on south side, datestone inscribed W 1848 B/ C 1903 H, oculus below top stage on north, east and south sides. Top stage has round-arched openings with keystones and balustraded handrails, the balustrading missing on north and west sides. Roof on deep bracketed eaves with chamfered stone cornice below. Built as an eyecatcher, reputedly to use agricultural labour during a slack time, commands fine views over Bath and the Avon valley, Wade Brown lived at Monkton Farleigh Manor House (q.v.) in 1840s.


Where is Brown’s Folly?

Brown’s Folly is located on Bathford Hill, in Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire, BA15.


Key Facts

Grid ReferenceST 79478 66062
Easting, Northing379478, 166062.36084
Latitude, Longitude51.393224, -2.296343
Grade listingII (two)
English Heritage List Entry Number1021829
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