Monday, 10 October 2016

The Folly Bird Pt II

Part two of my folly series!
This is the one we couldn't find and when we did, it was getting dark and neither of us were walking up a country lane toward a folly which has had strange goings on connected with it at dusk!

Welly boots have still not been located, so these are photos I took a few years back now.
Also, crane flies lurk in long damp grass at this time of year and I am scared of them.

All photos by me.
All italicised words from The Grand Wiki:

Racton Monument (known locally as Racton Ruin) is a folly situated on a hill in Racton, West Sussex, England. It was commissioned by the 2nd Earl of Halifax, possibly as a summerhouse for the nearby Stansted Estate, though an alternative theory suggests it could have been constructed so the Earl could watch his merchant ships dock at the nearby port village of Emsworth.

It was designed by architect Theodosius Keene, son of Henry Keene, and constructed between 1766 and 1775. It was designed with a triangular base, with a round turret at each angle. Of a red brick construction, the building was originally faced with flints and stood four storeys high (80 feet (24 m)), a height it retains to this day.

However, it has been abandoned for over a century and is in a state of ruin, with the floors and much of the original flint facing having disappeared, and its roof caving in.

It is owned by a private owner (Mrs Ros Veltom and Mr Chris Veltom of Sindles Farm) who has planning permission to turn the monument into a dwelling, though these plans are yet to materialise, if ever.

Its isolated nature, being set away from populated places and major roads, has led to several cases of suicides at the monument, most recently in 2009.

Occult acts are known to take place on occasion there. The monument is also popular with paranormal investigators visiting to investigate reported activity at the site. Witnesses claim to have seen bricks thrown from above, heard ghostly shouts, and intrigue surrounds the myth that the folly may have been used by smugglers.


Would you go here at night?


  1. Very pretty I think it be lovely at night in a spooky way

  2. I think it looks spooky even in daylight, so you were very brave at the time. Can you imagine living there if it was ever turned into dwellings? xxx

  3. It's gorgeous! I'd happily go there at night - armed with a million twinkling candles, a bottle of rum and a blanket. xxx

  4. I'd go there at night - but more importantly, why doesn't the person who owns it take better care of it? What a wonderful house it would make.

  5. Oh yes, certainly. I love being out and about at night and would be happy here - as long as it's in the summer ;-)

  6. I'd throw a nice evening party there but not going by myself.


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