May’s Folly

Author Gwyn Headley explains his fascination with follies

House, school, hospital, church – all of these words conjure up an image but if I say ‘folly’ what do you think of? Chances are your mind has gone slightly blank. Follies are ‘misunderstood buildings’, ones without an obvious purpose and they can look however their creator wanted them to. They have been built, not through need, but purely because someone wanted to realise a dream or an ambition and it was that idea that captured the imagination of folly expert Gwyn Headley…