Hartcliff Folly

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Hartcliffe Folly' 'Near Penistone

The Hartcliff Folly (or Tower) 1.2 miles (2 km) south-west of Penistone in South Yorkshire, England.[1] The folly was built in 1856 by a linen merchant called Henry Richardson and stands at 1,175 feet (358 m) above sea level.[2] Richardson also built Hartcliffe Lodge before becoming the first Mayor of the borough of Barnsley. The tower looks as though it’s a Folly but it has stairs running through the middle of it and some believe that it was used as a viewing platform for game shooting. Other ideas are that it was used as a look out for Mr. Richardson returning from Manchester on business.[3]

The furthest landmark visible from the tower is Hawkstone Park in Shropshire (60 miles away).[citation needed]

The Folly was in disrepair but was restored in 2002 by Mr. Jeff Pears on whose land it is sited on. He re-built it with his own money as a gift to the community of Penistone. It has since occasionally been open to the public, such as on 1 August 2006 when Penistone hosted the ‘Yorkshire Day’ celebrations.[4]

Hartcliff Folly at Sunset' 'Near Penistone


  1. ^ "110" (Map). Sheffield & Huddersfield. 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 9780319262085. 
  2. ^ Dransfield, John (1906). A History of the Parish of Penistone. Barnsley: J H Wood. p. 85. OCLC 559712540. 
  3. ^ "Penistone Essentials - Penistone | Welcome to Yorkshire". www.yorkshire.com. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Clarke, Dave (16 June 2004). "Restored folly set for day of fund-raising". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 

Coordinates: 53°30′47″N 1°39′49″W / 53.5130°N 1.6636°W / 53.5130; -1.6636