When I was trying to find out a little bit about the area we were going to last weekend one of the few references I found was to this place a few miles away from where we were baking. When Brian was cruising around the countryside on Saturday on his own having adventures, he came across this field and took a photo of its inhabitants.
Anyway another short and sweet post, I am still here, but the computer isn’t back yet, so can’t really do much.
So please indulge yourself in fantasy as to what these were built for and tell me what you think they are? I’ll tell you a bit more about them tonight.
I’d love to suggest that they’re medieval rocket ships, but more likely grain stores? Or lookouts? The one on the left could be Rapunzel’s tower.. :)
What a magical spot on Earth!
Just beautiful…. so peaceful – I look forward to reading more about it – your computer problems will pass…. they MUST!
You win tonight’s star prize Celia! It’s a rocketship! Well, that’s its local name – here is a link to a page about it.
It was peaceful but very windy up there, Sally – computer due to be picked up tomorrow :)
They look delightful…that would be amazing looking out my window and seeing them dot the landscape. It looks a little lord of the rings.
I’m another that misses the full Joanna- may the the computer come back hastily!
Follies are great fun Brydie! I would love one day to go on a folly spotters holiday break…. thanks for dropping in. Computer due to be picked up this morning phew!
I thought it looked like a space rocket as well. I was thinking it might be a memorial – commemorative sort of building, but couldn’t come up with a story to go with it. I visited several circles of standing stones when I was in Northumberland some years ago- and it surprised me no end to find Long Meg and her sisters in a cow pasture. It was very peaceful, but rather disconcerting that it wasn’t a protected government or historical site.
Thanks for sharing these follies, Joanna.
Do you mean this one Heidiannie http://www.visitcumbria.com/pen/longmeg.htm. Did you visit the mill at Little Salkeld too? You weren’t very far from where Michael lives then :) I love the standing stones of old England. There are some fifty odd circles in Cumbria alone.
These follies are more recent in origin and I couldn’t find out much more about them, I looked for the book referenced in the page I linked to but it is out of print and the copies you can find quite dear, though there are other books of course. I think follies were a bit like Iphones, your landowning neighbour had one, so you had to have one too!
Yes, Daughters, not Sisters!
We also went to a site in the Lake District- up on a hill in the middle of January, the wind whistling through the circle and sneaking under our coats- Brr! We spent the night at a B and B in Keswick. I’d love to come back and visit England in a warmer season- most of my memories are tinged with shivers. Even walking around York and in the Shambles I was a little numb with the cold ( although I also had some of the most wonderful teas at small shops to help keep us warm!).
I think a round the world trip is in order, timed carefully to coincide with good weather and the lavender blooming :) Come to the soft South next time :)