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Ruins and Follies of East Anglia, Paperback / softback Book

Ruins and Follies of East Anglia Paperback / softback


This book takes an affectionate journey around some of the atmospheric and occasionally mysterious ruins and follies that can be found in East Anglia. It might be a building that has a particular historical, cultural or other significant interest but which is, at the time of writing, in such a state of disrepair that its restoration is either impractical or unlikely - or, in the cases of particularly old buildings, for example castles, not a consideration for obvious reasons. Or it might be a folly, a building that is still wholly complete and standing but was solely constructed for ornamental purposes and often for no practical use other than for the planners involved to `prove' that it could be done.

With a design that is often deliberately eye-catching, eccentric or even controversial in appearance, Edward Couzens-Lake investigates the reasons for this quirk, looking at, for example, the Victorian `fashion' for making buildings that had a utilitarian purpose, such as workhouses or water towers, as ornamental in design as possible. Featuring forty-five such sites that fit into those descriptions, together with an accompanying set of photographs, each ruin or folly selected will include a concise and informative narrative relating to the reasons for its construction, its history and, where relevant, its present day function. Edward Couzens-Lake also looks at the future of some of the ruins and follies featured - do they have a future?

Are they under threat? Might they eventually be lost to the landscape altogether, or do they have a function to play in the modern world?

This charming and fascinating book looks to answer some of these questions.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 60 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
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  • Category: Castles & fortifications
  • ISBN: 9781445672984



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