Somerset Follies

by Jonathan Holt

From the breathtaking to the bizarre, Somerset Follies takes a fascinating look at dozens of follies throughout the old county of Somerset, including the area around Bath, the most densely follied city in the land. Some have gone, some lie hidden in the undergrowth, others have been magnificently restored by a new generation of folly lovers – but all have a story to tell and all have that air of mystery that only something completely purposeless can acquire. Somerset Follies sifts fact from legend and takes a sideways look at the people who put up an astonishing array of buildings purely for pleasure. This comprehensive survey, drawing on extensive new research and including many previously unpublished archive photographs, offers a compelling guide to some of Somerset’s most celebrated landmarks – and some of its most neglected.