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Sharpe's Folly

A Grade II* Listed Building in Whitton and Tosson, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3025 / 55°18'9"N

Longitude: -1.9098 / 1°54'35"W

OS Eastings: 405823

OS Northings: 600939

OS Grid: NU058009

Mapcode National: GBR H734.B0

Mapcode Global: WHB0Q.MZSD

Entry Name: Sharpe's Folly

Listing Date: 21 October 1953

Last Amended: 29 May 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1155472

English Heritage Legacy ID: 236336

Location: Whitton and Tosson, Northumberland, NE65

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Whitton and Tosson

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Upper Coquetdale

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Listing Text

NU 00 SE
4/97 Sharpe's Folly
(Formerly listed as
21.10.53 Sharp's Folly)


Folly. Probably 1720s, by Archdeacon Sharpe, Rector of Rothbury. Ashlar. Round
tower c30 ft high.

Blocked round-headed doorway with moulded keystone and slightly chamfered surround.
Very small round windows light the staircase. High up, 4 round-headed windows with
raised imposts and slightly chamfered surrounds; joinery has almost gone. Boldly
projecting cornice, and castellated parapet.

Interior has cantilevered stone stair.

Said to have been built partly to alleviate local unemployment and partly to satisfy
the Archdeacon's taste for astronomy. Probably the earliest folly in the county.

Hodgson J. : History of Northumberland, Part II Vol I : Newcastle : 1827.

Listing NGR: NU0582300939

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