Panaramic view

Yorke'S Folly  | OS Grid Ref: 415882,463538  | Site classified as: Folly  | HPG Ref: 60071

Map Evidence

OS 18546'
'A Mock Ruin'
OS 1891 25'
'Yorke's Folly' 3 columns shown
OS 1909
As above. 2 columns shown.
OS 1956 SE 16 SE
As above

Extract from Site Visit report

Site Description: Large stone folly
Site Access: Public footpath
Visibility: Excellent – situated on high ridge on the edge of Guisecliffe, overlooking Bewerley
Micro climate: Exposed
Buildings: 2 large stone pillars
Walkways / Gateways / Paths etc: Grass footpath, on the Nidderdale Way long- distance footpath
Planting: None – open moorland
General Condition: Good
Possible contact: None, open moorland
Local knowledge: Originally 3 pillars, now two remain after one collapsed during a storm
Recommendations: NFA
Other comments: None
Recorder: PAW/GB
Date: 1/10/07

Additional Information

The folly was built in the late 18th century to resemble the ruins of either a castle or an ecclesiastical building, intended as an 'eye catcher' providing a 'prospective view' from Bewerley Hall, the home of John Yorke. Building the folly also kept local men in employment during hard times.

Yorkes Folly was listed as Grade II on 3 March 1987 and appears as List entry Number: 1187187 on the Historic England register.

Extract from 1851 OS map centred on Site
Extract from OS Landranger map centred on Site
Extract from Google Map image map centred on Site
The original 3 columns of Yorke's Folly
The two columns of Yorke's Folly that are visible today.
View of Bewerley Hall from Crocodile Rock which is close to Yorkes Folly
Guyscliffe tart.jpg
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