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Latitude: 50.6517 / 50°39'6"N
Longitude: -4.3544 / 4°21'15"W
OS Eastings: 233660
OS Northings: 86200
OS Grid: SX336862
Mapcode National: GBR NL.89CH
Mapcode Global: FRA 17RC.5D8
Entry Name: The Sugar Loaves
Listing Date: 11 January 1989
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1142884
English Heritage Legacy ID: 68057
Location: St. Stephens By Launceston Rural, Cornwall, PL15
Civil Parish: St. Stephens by Launceston Rural
Traditional County: Cornwall
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Launceston
Church of England Diocese: Truro
ST STEPHENS BY WERRINGTON PARK
SX 38 NW LAUNCESTON
9/163 The Sugar Loaves
Garden folly. Probably early to mid C18 built for Sir William Morice. Stone rubble.
Unusual folly of roughly rectangular plan with a deep niche in the centre of the
front elevation and a shallow projection to the rear. Situated on the north-east
slope of a hill, with ground rising to rear. The folly probably had fine views across
the valley of the River Attery to Werrington Park (house) although the folly is now
obscured by the trees of Smallacoombe Wood.
Round arched opening in centre with a deep niche, probably originally containing a
seat. Flat roof surmounted by three tapered conical stone towers, the central tower
Otto Peter, in his description of Werrington Park (1906) quotes a poem about Sir
William Morice, the third baronet, entitled The Doom of Morice where the folly is
described thus "Fair stands the triple turret pile, crowning the park's sweet shade".
Peter suggested that the design may have been derived from the tomb of the Horatii
and Curiatii and Dr Richard Pococke described a model of the tomb of the Horatii
near Albano, in his description of Werrington Park in 1750. Pevsner however, suggest
that the design may have been taken from Daniell's Indian drawings and aquatints,
thus dating the folly to circa 1800.
Pococke described Werrington Park as one of "most beautiful in England:" when writing
in 1750, he recorded several follies in the park including a ruinous castle, a temple
of the sun, a triumphal arch on the model of that at Sidon Hill, High Cleer, a
hermitage and a large alcove trellis seat near to the river. The park also contains
two cockpits, their terraces remaining.
Rendell, J. Gateway to Cornwall 1981
Peter, O. The Manor and Park of Werrington 1906
Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England, Devon 1958.
Listing NGR: SX3366086200
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