Friday, October 03, 2008
Of all the books on follies and other shedlike atmospheres, this one (from Aurum Press but sadly out of print) by Gywn Headley and Wim Meulenkamp - who founded The Folly Fellowship - is my favourite. Follies, Grottoes and Garden Buildings is a gazeteer of follies, pavilions, gazebos, pagodas and the like all around Scotland, Wales and England written in a very personal (and I think it's fair to say sometimes pleasantly quirky) style. The book, illustrated throughout, is divided into counties with details of when the folly was built, its map reference and then a short description of its history. It also has a useful glossary and a highly impressive bibliography. While lovely to browse through, it is nicely sized for the car where it really should live while you're driving around. Who, for example, could pass up the chance to see Jack the Treacle Eater if they were in the neighbourhood.