Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1155472

Date first listed: 21-Oct-1953

Date of most recent amendment: 29-May-1987

Statutory Address: SHARPE'S FOLLY


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Statutory Address: SHARPE'S FOLLY

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Whitton and Tosson

National Grid Reference: NU 05823 00939


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TOSSON WHITTON NU 00 SE 4/97 Sharpe's Folly (Formerly listed as 21.10.53 Sharp's Folly)


Folly. Probably 1720s, by Archdeacon Sharpe, Rector of Rothbury. Ashlar. Round tower c30 ft high.

Blocked round-headed doorway with moulded keystone and slightly chamfered surround. Very small round windows light the staircase. High up, 4 round-headed windows with raised imposts and slightly chamfered surrounds; joinery has almost gone. Boldly projecting cornice, and castellated parapet.

Interior has cantilevered stone stair.

Said to have been built partly to alleviate local unemployment and partly to satisfy the Archdeacon's taste for astronomy. Probably the earliest folly in the county.

Hodgson J. : History of Northumberland, Part II Vol I : Newcastle : 1827.

Listing NGR: NU0582300939


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Legacy System number: 236336

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Books and journals
Crawford Hodgson, J, 'A History of Northumberland' in Hexhamshire Part II Hexham Whitley Chapel Allendale and St John Lee and the Parish of Chollerton the Chapelry of Kirkheaton the Parish of Throcrington, , Vol. 1, (1897)

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