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    OK everybody does the mine at Brown's Folly but the poor old Folly itself has been a bit neglected.

    Probably because its crap ;)



    Just in case anybody was unsure, this is the dictionary definition of a Folly

    Folly [fol-ee] - noun, plural -lies
    A whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found especially in England in the 18th century.


    Located high on the Somerset hills above Brown's mine and overlooking the beautiful City of Bath

    The View


    The History Bit

    The tower was built by the owner of the local quarry, Wade Brown, in 1848.

    As with any folly, it serves no purpose at all, and in this case was built by Brown to provide work for people during a time of depression.

    It was then renovated in 1907 by Sir Charles Hobhouse who then owned the estate, who apparently used it as a hunting lodge.

    The folly is a Grade II listed building







    As with a lot of 170 year old building this one has a ghost story (Pffft!!)

    This one concerns the ghost of a girl called Sally..........

    There are several theories of who Sally may be. Speculation upon her death includes the tale of a gypsy girl who was locked in the tower of Brown's Folly during the 18th Century and left to die without food and water.

    Walkers in Brown's Folly have reported seeing the strange apparition of a gypsy girl. Screams and disembodied voices have also been heard.










    The view from the top



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    Quote Originally Posted by nelly View Post
    As with any folly, it serves no purpose at all, and in this case was built by Brown to provide work for people during a time of depression.
    I'm sorry I take exception to this, it was of great purpose to me and my friends as a place to get pissed during our yoof. I must have spent at least 100+ summer evenings here in the very early 90s.

    Didn't see any apparitions though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I'm sorry I take exception to this, it was of great purpose to me and my friends as a place to get pissed during our yoof. I must have spent at least 100+ summer evenings here in the very early 90s.

    Didn't see any apparitions though...
    So they were your empty Cider cans littering the place then???

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    I try not to drink cider out of a can if I can help it... ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I try not to drink cider out of a can if I can help it... ;)
    Ah drunk in the Bristol cocktail stylee? From a mans shoe with a slice of apple wedged over the side?

    Cracking report mate, although I'm starting to worry about you visiting all these ghost hunting sites! Looks a cracking structure, cheers for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    Ah drunk in the Bristol cocktail stylee? From a mans shoe with a slice of apple wedged over the side?

    Cracking report mate, although I'm starting to worry about you visiting all these ghost hunting sites! Looks a cracking structure, cheers for sharing!
    Damn right, it tastes better that way. Although I'm from Somerset and we drink it out of wellies there, you don't have to refill them so often.

    It's really not a cracking structure, nellys first observation was right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    It's really not a cracking structure, nellys first observation was right. It's shit!
    Ahhh, I've not been out for a couple of weeks and I'm clucking, really dragging these reports from the bottom of the barrel now ;)


    Lol, you edited your expletive out ;) are there children viewing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nelly View Post
    Ahhh, I've not been out for a couple of weeks and I'm clucking, really dragging these reports from the bottom of the barrel now ;)


    Lol, you edited your expletive out ;) are there children viewing?
    Haha, that was unintentional actually, I meant to change it to the word you used, "crap" but forgot to add it back in. It is shit though, but maybe I think that because I grew up in its shadow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    It is shit though, but maybe I think that because I grew up in its shadow.
    Do you have any photos of your good self with a nice 90's hair do?

    Running in and out the folly without a care in the world?

    I've got you down as Grunge, maybe a Kurt Cobain mop??? Nothing wrong with that, I'm still partial to a bit of Nirvana and a good dose of Bush in the Taxi ;)
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    I'm a raver and free party head, I have been since 1991... ;)

    Musically my tastes are stupidly diverse though.

    No photos, I lost all pre-2000 photos to a flood, along with around 25k worth of uninsured vinyl. :(

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