|Jez with Bess and Molly on the 'Roman Road'|
The Folly was built by John Hanbury in 1765 and was used as a lookout for hunting and as a summerhouse. More info on the history of the wealthy Hanbury family,the original Folly and walks in the lovely Pontypool Park here.
During World War 2 the Folly was blown up by the RAF to prevent it being used as a landmark for German bombers looking for the munitions factory at Glascoed.
After many years of campaigning and fund raising by the people of Pontypool, the Folly tower was finally rebuilt and officially opened by The Prince of Wales in 1994.
Sitting on the deck at the top of my garden on a warm summers evening, we can see Pontypool Folly on the hillside in the distance.
|It's worth the walk to the top - the view is fantastic|