My Heroes


THANKS to everyone who has helped with this website (and apologies to anyone I have missed):

Chris Flynn; The wonderful Mr Folly Flâneuse; Little Miss Folly Flâneuse; Michael Cousins; Ed Kluz; Lisa Corby; West Yorkshire Archives Service (Calderdale); Brian Hull; Susan Kellerman; Richard Knight; Patrick Eyres; Northumbria Gardens Trust; Anne Tupholme; Louise Wickham; Gwyn Headley; Norma & Graham Hebden; Moira Fulton; Friends of Thornes Park; Wakefield Local Studies Library; Elizabeth Eliott; Leeds University Library Special Collections; Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society; Tim Lunt, Bath & Counties Archaeological Society; Ashworth Walker Architects; Geoff Stebbins; Tim Cockerill; Susan Benson, Cumbria Archive & Local Studies Centre, Barrow; R.I.B.A. Collection; West Yorkshire Archives Service (Wakefield); Harry Beamish; Cannon Hall, Barnsley Museums; Melissa Gallimore; Mary Ratcliffe; Janette Ray; Fiona Bowley; Fiona Green; Nick Lane Fox; David Lambert; James Lomax; Julie Dean; Derrick Green; Shell Heritage Art Collection; Linda Haywood, Bishopthorpe;

Alan Waltham, East London Group; Susanna Chancellor; Leeds City Museum; Garance Rawinsky; Stained Glass Museum, Ely; Val Oxley; Julia Colver; Royston Bond; Jane Kirk, Tattingstone; Grimston Park Estate Office; Tony Smith; Jane Winfrey, Bonhams; Dr Laura Allan, Severndroog Castle; Jane Furse; David Bownes, Twentieth Century Posters; Jim and Marlene Godfrey; The Masham Gallery; Ann Tout; Alison Brayshaw; John Coombe, The Wordsworth Trust; London Metropolitan Archives; Liz Bragazzi, Durham County Record Office; John St Brioc Hooper; British Museum; V&A; David Freeman, Friends of the Monteath Mausoleum; Gail Falkingham; Historic Environment Scotland; University of Birmingham Special Collections; Mary Bright; Penicuik House Preservation Trust; Neil Jennings Fine Art; Historic England Archives; British Museum; Andrew Wright, Countryside Manager Surrey Hills East, National Trust; Jim Middleton, Scarborough Museums Trust; John Fieldhouse; Rachel Harrison, Hambleton Brewery; Woodies Craft Ale House, Leeds; Margaret Boustead & team, North Yorkshire County Record Office; Hayley Kruger, Royal College of Surgeons; Louise Patrick, Hornsea Museum; Martin Roberts; Lambeth Palace Library & Archives; Sara Basquill, County Heritage Service, Lincolnshire County Council; Sonya Abbey, Fine Art Advisor, The Australiana Fund; Stephen Pettifer, Coade Ltd; Chris Evans, VisitCalderdale; Laura Johansen, ‘Calderdale Culture Vulture’; Kathy Lea; Alex Samuel;

Lincolnshire Archives; Bill Aldridge, Wigan Archaeological Society; Christine Reynolds, Westminster Abbey Library; Louisa Attaheri, Lead Officer – Museums, Wigan Council; Kenneth Dunn, National Library of Scotland; Sam Bartle, East Riding Archives; Dr Colin Davies; Paul Hatch, Libraries, Museums, Culture and Archives, Lancashire County Council; Trinity House Hull; Steffie Shields, Lincolnshire Gardens Trust; Lisa Little, Northumberland Estates; Adrian Sanders, The Frances Frith Collection; Chris Hand; Robin Kent Architecture & Conservation; Dr Alexander Lock; Jean Lord & Whalley Local History Group; Diane Elphick, Sedbergh and District History Society; Dr Chris Webb; Owen Gower, Manager, Dr Jenner’s Museum, House & Garden; Sally Bruce Gardyne; Clare Griffiths, Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme; Brian & Moira Gittos, Yeovil Archaeological & Local History Society; Tim Egginton & President & Fellows of Queens College, Cambridge; Katina Bill, Kirklees Image Archive; Matthew Thompson; Josh Flint, Leeds Libraries; Leeds Museums & Galleries; Dave Pattern, Huddersfield Exposed; Alan Davies; Suzannah Fleming, The Temple Trust; Michael Rudd, Friends of Hardwick Park; Tony Smith, Durham County Council (retired); Susan Craig, Estates Dept, University of Edinburgh; Bob Heath, Architect and Stone Consultant; Julia Abel Smith; David McIntyre, McIntyre Masonry; Andrew Clarey; David Blundell, Barnsley Archives & Local Studies; Sally Osgerby;

Pamela Hunter, Archivist, C. Hoare & Co.; Sally Osgerby; Gabby Allison; Bob Persuader; The British Library; Michel Mathy; FRD Designers & Makers; Michael Leybourne, Savills, Dumfries;

The following folly texts are essential reading:

Barbara Jones Follies and Grottoes, first published 1953 and a heavily updated 2nd edition in 1974. The first text to look at follies and garden buildings in detail.

Gwyn Headley & Wim Meulenkamp Follies, Grottoes & Garden Buildings, 1999. The authors had published earlier folly texts but this edition was published as an invaluable county-by-county guide.

Gwyn Headley & Wim Meulenkamp The English Folly, 2020. This new volume puts the emphasis on the people who built follies.