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Folly Castle About 3/4 Mile North of Wimpole Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.1509 / 52°9'3"N

Longitude: -0.0509 / 0°3'3"W

OS Eastings: 533452

OS Northings: 252076

OS Grid: TL334520

Mapcode National: GBR K6H.5Y6

Mapcode Global: VHGMY.26GH

Plus Code: 9C4X5W2X+8M

Entry Name: Folly Castle About 3/4 Mile North of Wimpole Hall

Listing Date: 22 November 1967

Last Amended: 3 September 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1317807

English Heritage Legacy ID: 52810

Location: Wimpole, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, SG8

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Wimpole

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Wimpole St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Folly Castle about 3/4 mile
north of Wimpole Hall
(formerly listed as Gothic
22.11.67 ruins in Wimpole Park)


Folly Castle. 1768-70 by James Essex. Red brick with coursed clunch ashlar
facing. Three towers linked by curtain walling. The centre tower forms an
eye-catcher from the house and is of four stages. Originally with embattled
and corbelled parapet. Each stage has windows of two lights with Y-tracery in
two centre arches and crosslet loop lights. Curtain wall has on west side an
original entrance opening with shields of arms and three-light window with
Y-tracery above. The design is based on drawings supplied by Sanderson Miller
for the first Lord Hardwicke in 1749-50.

R.C.H.M. West Cambs. Mon. (2) p.223
Dr T Cocke: The Ingenious Mr Essex architect (exh. cat.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 1984)

Listing NGR: TL3345252076

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