Welcome to the home of the Folly Fellowship.

The Folly Fellowship was founded in 1988 as a pressure group to protect, preserve, and promote follies, grottoes & garden buildings. Initially a group of enthusiasts keen to record what was at first seen as a peculiarly British aspect of architecture, it has grown into a serious conservation and consultative architectural heritage charity, while not losing sight of the basic idea that these buildings are fun - they were built for pleasure before purpose. Some make us laugh, some provoke contemplative thoughts, some can frighten. Some are mere whims, others demand to be taken seriously.

People take their pleasures seriously - why should buildings be any different? An early realisation was the international flavour of the genre although the British Isles can count more follies per square mile than any other region, there are examples to be found all over the world. 

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of the importance of these buildings to our landscapes. Many have been restored and several have been completely rebuilt with local support. Better still, some individuals with imagination and the tenacity to fight the planning process, have begun to build new follies...

 

The FF continues to be interested in follies both old and new, but equally important to us is the fellowship aspect - our outings are excuses to meet with people from all over the country and from all walks of life. When the day is over we continue to chat over a meal and friendships are made. The conversation opener 'what do you do for a living?' is never heard. If you have an interest in follies, the rest is irrelevant.

 

 

 

Hazelle Jackson has started a Facebook page for the discussion of follies. Just search for Folly Fancier and you'll find it. Anyone can join.

 

The Folly Fellowship Ltd.
Company no.2600672
Registered Office: 1 Keble House, Manor Fields, London SW15 3LS
Registered In England
Charity No: 1002646
RSIN number:823773632

A variant on 'George's Amazing Spaces' called 'Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year' starts on Thursday 24th on Channel 4. The clips shown in advance include the teapot house (seen on our 'For Sale' page, the bottle grotto at Westonbury Water Mill (which we visited earlier this year) and the new grotto at Compton (see below). Has someone been reading this site?

 

A plea for some help with a book on Ruins:

Hello, I'm about to embark on a project that may interest some of your members. I am looking for ruins around the UK, including sham or folly ruins. Although I have already done the main part of the research I have found that those with an interest in the subject have been invaluable for historical information along with suggesting ruins I may not have already come across.
I'm also looking for funding help, large and small to aid the project on a little details are here
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/674170538/wild-ruins
If you think you can help or have any suggestions then please do get in touch.

All the best - Dave Hamilton


This splendid 'shed' and adjoining shell grotto are just part of a very good garden by Brian Bailey in Compton, Wolverhampton. Next open to the public on 20th July.

 


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Last updated 17/07/13 - many links that didn't work have now been updated. Garden Party tickets now on sale on Events page.