Report - Folly outside Saint-Marcel-sur-Aude, France, March 2016

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Jan 15, 2013
I’m guessing this was the French equivalent to an English folly, probably built by a wealthy vine-grower in the region so he could survey his estate. The date-stone puts it at 1900 which fits time-line-wise as many follies where built in England during Victorian times. It now lies on a small back-road outside the village of Saint-Marcel-sur-Aude, empty and neglected. Wished I’d realised it was on the road, having tramped through the mud across the field to it! It has two rooms; one at ground level and one floor up. There’s also a roof area which was inaccessible. It’s got some nice decorative touches and had a sundial on one wall. Can’t really say much more about it than that so on with the pictures.

img4325 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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One broken door!

img4328 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Here’s the date stone:

img4327 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A small balcony, now gone:

img4330 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4331 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The ground floor is trashed:

img4332 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The stairs up to the first floor:

img4333 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4334 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4337 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Sweeping views over the fields:

img4338 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4336 by HughieDW, on Flickr
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