Follies and Fantasies
British have a great fondness
for the fantastical and odd
Starhead in Wiltshire is an idealized landscape of the 18th century.
surrounding an artificially created
lake you can see a medieval
grottos, an ivy-clad
gothic cottage, and no less than
3 classical temples.
British fondness for the ancient Greece and imperial
Rome led to a Victorian
copy of the Parthenon being built in Edinburgh and a version of the Roman
Colosseum being erected
in the Scottish town of Auburn.
Brighton there's what looks like
the Palace of a Maharajah.
is the famous Pavilion, an Anglo-Indian fantasy built for Queen Victoria's uncle
the Prince Regent.
bit as exotic and yet more curious
there's a house in Scotland shaped like a pineapple
; in Dorset there's a little thatched
cottage shaped like an umbrella;
and in Suffolk there is the house in the clouds
built around a water tower.
the grandest and certainly one of the most delightful
of follies is Castech Coch
castle, taken straight
from the pages of medieval romance, was built
not in the Middle Ages
but in Victorian times.
the great hall of the castle is a piece of pure fantasy with an elaborate mural depicting
the birds and animals of Aesop's Fables.