'A Mock Ruin'
OS 1891 25'
'Yorke's Folly' 3 columns shown
As above. 2 columns shown.
OS 1956 SE 16 SE
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
Other comments: None
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.
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