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Around Old John 4/5

This Folly or Prospect Tower in Bradgate Park was built in 1784 by the 5th. Earl of Stamford. The circular stone tower replaced a former wooden windmill (which had been made unsafe in an earlier storm) and stands on Bradgate’s tallest hill and Leicestershire’s second highest point – some 690 feet above sea level. Constructed in local granite stone with two circular rooms, one above the other, connected by a narrow spiral staircase and complete with timbered floor and three glazed and shuttered windows on first floor, slate fireplaces and castellations around the top of the structure. The windows and castellations may have been incorporated a few years after the Tower was built. Lord Stamford and his guests would have used the Folly to watch his horses gallop around the racecourse laid out at the base of the Hill, to enjoy the magnificent views over his Estate and as a vantage point to watch fox hunting (another of his favourite sports) across the Park and neighbouring countryside.

 

 

 

Around Old John 4/5

This Folly or Prospect Tower in Bradgate Park was built in 1784 by the 5th. Earl of Stamford. The circular stone tower replaced a former wooden windmill (which had been made unsafe in an earlier storm) and stands on Bradgate’s tallest hill and Leicestershire’s second highest point – some 690 feet above sea level. Constructed in local granite stone with two circular rooms, one above the other, connected by a narrow spiral staircase and complete with timbered floor and three glazed and shuttered windows on first floor, slate fireplaces and castellations around the top of the structure. The windows and castellations may have been incorporated a few years after the Tower was built. Lord Stamford and his guests would have used the Folly to watch his horses gallop around the racecourse laid out at the base of the Hill, to enjoy the magnificent views over his Estate and as a vantage point to watch fox hunting (another of his favourite sports) across the Park and neighbouring countryside.

 

 

 

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Oct 2016, 00:20
All good, Brian, but I especially like the enormous rock Maureen has thoughtfully dragged into the foreground for you...
Brian Walbey: It is an inflatable rock Ray, we keep it in the car for such occasions smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Oct 2016, 06:52
This is very good in mono Brian, perhaps this could be a competition winner?
Brian Walbey: I like it in B.& W.also, but competition wise because it is a local place it is photographed so much by we amateurs that it would need to be a completely original idea to get a judge interested, who might well be seeing pictures like this of Old John on a regular basis, if it was shown to a judge down your way it might be a different story.
Joli noir et blanc.
Something to see in the three fields of visiaon Brian.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Oct 2016, 09:53
Nice shot of the pilgrims Trekking up to the folly. The boulder in the foreground works a treat.
Brian Walbey: I bet I'm not the first to use that rock as foreground interest though.
I love that it has so much activity and use now.
Brian Walbey: The parkland is always quite busy even during the week, but as you can imagine this hill is very busy after we've had a snowfall with kids and their sledges.
how different it all must have look around here once, Brian. great shot.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Ayush, there is a ruined stately home down in the main area of the parkland.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Oct 2016, 17:37
Not such a folly in that case, I think, as it seemed to be well used by the Earl. I like your composition to include the rock as some foreground interest.
Brian Walbey: It is the sort of thing that used to be built as a folly but as you say it isn't really one.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Oct 2016, 19:41
Sorry - nearly missed this today, Brian - I am so pleased I didn't
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Lisl.
A fine composition that works well in b&w Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill.
Does well in mono, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.

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