Sharpe's Folly, Rothbury, Tosson, Whitton and Tosson - Northumberland (UA)

Folly, probably 1720s, by Archdeacon Sharpe, Rector of Rothbury. Ashlar round tower c30 feet high. Probably the earliest folly in the county, said to have been built partly to alleviate local unemployment and partly to satisfy the Archdeacon's taste for astronomy. Discussions are underway with the owner, Local Authority and Historic England to secure urgent repairs.

Sharpe's Folly, Rothbury, Tosson, Whitton and Tosson - Northumberland (UA)
© Historic England

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Sharpe's Folly
    Heritage Category:
    Listed Building grade II*
    List Entry Number:
    1155472
    Local Planning Authority:
    Northumberland (UA)
    Site Type:
    Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden building

Location

    Building Name:
    Sharpe's Folly
    Locality:
    Rothbury, Tosson
    Unitary Authority:
    Northumberland (UA)
    Parish:
    Whitton and Tosson
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Berwick-upon-Tweed
    Region:
    North East and Yorkshire

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Condition:
    Fair
    Occupancy / Use:
    Vacant/not in use
    Priority:
    D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
    Previous Priority:
    D
    Ownership:
    Commercial company
    Designation:
    Listed Building grade II*, CA