Faringdon Folly and Coleshill



A folly, by definition is a useless building built for fun. 

Faringdon folly was built in 1935 to a design by the Duke of Wellington and is 100 feet high.

 There used to be a sign on it warning those who wished to commit suicide that they did so at their own risk.

 From the top you can see parts of 5 counties, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.


Although my stair climbing ability is comparable to a block of concrete floating, I was determined to at least try.  When I got inside and looked up, I gulped.  Towering above me were myriad flights of wooden steps. 


 Well, they say every journey of 1000 miles starts with one step, so I took it.  And another, and a third.  Until 12 exhausting minutes later I arrived, with the help of David, one of the staff, on the last few balustrade free steps at the final observation platform. 


 After chatting to Lesley and the two guys for 10 minutes I decided to tackle the near vertical ladder for the last 8 feet up to the open top of the tower.  But after getting halfway up I decided discretion was the better part of valour and realised I wouldn't be able to descend so I sadly aborted the attempt.     



My Range Rover from 100 feet up! 




The small 11th century town of Faringdon

The folly parapets.  David kindly took my camera up and took these shots.



I took these from the windows.  Faringdon church, founded in the 12th century.



And the footpath below



Then back down the stairs - backwards!  There was only one handrail on the left and as my left arm is paralysed I had to turn round and go in reverse!  That took 15 minutes.




And on to Coleshill, a picturesque village 5 miles away.  They were having an open day.


This is an old David Brown tractor, still in working order.  Interesting to note that when the tractor business got in financial trouble He developed the world's most famous sports tourer, the Aston Martin!  One would set you back over $200,000!  Hence the DB4, DB5 etc.  DB for David Brown.     



Another old tractor but this time American. 





A late 1950's BSA.



An example of stone roof tiling. 



Ejectible fuel tanks from bombers stored here during WWII. 




Wish my computer had this much ram! 




Coleshill Mill, with a water driven wheel.







And on to the church. 









And finally back in Highworth.  This wonderful piece of topiary is just along the road from the Jesmond hotel.  The guys who own the small cottage are selling it.  For the asking price of $600,000!



A rare sight - a deserted Highworth high street. 

We are having an Indian summer with temperatures in the 80's so many people are out of town.



And finally, this is where I have breakfast on most days. 


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