Perrott's Folly, Waterworks Road, Edgbaston - Birmingham

Built in 1758 by John Perrott as a folly adjacent to his house (long demolished). A six storey structure with circular stair tower attached. Adjoining waterworks tower said to be inspiration for Tolkien's 'The Two Towers'. Urgent repairs to address immediate structural problems have been completed. A business plan for long-term future use and completion of repairs is needed. Historic England funding has been agreed for structural investigations.

Perrott's Folly, Waterworks Road, Edgbaston - Birmingham
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: THE MONUMENT (OBSERVATORY)
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1076123
  • Local Planning Authority: Birmingham
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden building


  • Building Name: Perrott's Folly
  • Street Name: Waterworks Road
  • Locality: Edgbaston
  • County: West Midlands
  • District / Borough: Birmingham
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Birmingham, Edgbaston
  • Region: West Midlands

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Fair
  • Occupancy / Use: Part occupied/part in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Other not for profit group