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Description - Follies by Jeffrey W. Whitelaw

This book defines what a folly is and shows that these architectural curiosities are to be found all over Britain. Some are on hilltops or in remote places, while others, almost unnoticed, stand beside the roadside. Many follies were built in the eighteenth century when great landowners, after their Grand Tour of Europe, returned to their estates with visions of putting up romantic ruins to satisfy a yearning for the past. The history of follies is traced, from the first prospect tower, through the golden era of the first half of the eighteenth century and up to the Second World War. The numerous illustrations demonstrate the enormous variety of follies that can still be found throughout Britain.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747806240
ISBN-10: 0747806241
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 150mm x 3mm)
Pages: 56
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jeffrey W. Whitelaw

While working as a publisher's educational representative cover East Anglia and several other regions that Jeffery Whitelaw developed his fascinationg for the smaller buildings of the countryside and especially for follies, dovecots and windmills. Now retired he devotes his time to photography.