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)
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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


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

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