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Yorke's Folly

Nidderdale last Thursday and a weather change. Yorke's Folly dominates the skyline as you look towards Greenhow from Bewerley. Built as a grand folly in the late 18th century, the three towers were created to look like the ruin of an east window or church crossing. It was said to have been built when work was scarce in the district, builders were rewarded a shilling and a loaf of bread a day, such benevolence!

It is now locally known as 'Two Stoops' because one of the shafts was blown down in a storm in 1893.

comments (7)

Very nice image! Pretty interesting thing, isn't it!
John Prior: Yes very unexpected as follies go. Thanks Elizabeth
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 May 2014, 06:58
How strange - but as an eyecatcher I'm sure it serves its purpose well John
John Prior: Spotted the place on post cards at Pateley Bridge, and decided to have a look for myself, cards are often a good header to local sites.
I love follys. Half the population were starving and the rich build something totally useless. At least this one served some purpose I suppose
John Prior: Could be heading back that way with distribution of wealth and building HS2 smile
I am not sure what a grand folly is but this is an impressive shot.
John Prior: Not sure this is that grand, I borrowed the words, but it is unusual. Thank you Mary
It makes a great subject, John, you captured it well.
John Prior: Spotted the place on post cards at Pateley Bridge, and decided to have a look for myself, cards are often a good header to local sites.
This was an interesting find John, I hope, like me, you enjoyed being in that area.
John Prior: Yes very much enjoyed it, especially in the fine weather.
Beautiful John!
John Prior: Thank you Aderonke

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