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The Folly: Plymouth from Mount Edgcumbe by DonDavisUK
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The Folly With a view of the City of Plymouth from Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall.

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Camera Nikon D40x with 18-55mm Lense.
ISO 200, 1/100th sec at f/9.0, 55mm.

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In this scene you can see Drake’s Island, the City of Plymouth and the distant moors of Dartmoor in Devon. This was captured from Cornwall across the River Tamar in Mount Edgcumbe Estate. The details of the folly you can see below.

I just love this location. We’ve tramped around the Edgcumbe Estate so many times, I can’t think, but what’s left in my soul is memories of my children as youngsters laughing, throwing frizbies, playing chase and catch, eating Cornish Pasties and gazing in wonder at the thrilling and enchanting monuments to the past; caonons, follies, ruins, creeks, and gardens that would blow the mind. No wonder, I’m drawn to such a location with my Nikon camera.


The Folly
The Folly was built in 1747 and replaced an Obelisk which had stood on the site previously. It was built by using medieval stone from the churches of St George and St Lawrence which once stood in Stonehouse. The same stone was used to build the Picklecombe Seat further along the coast. Part of the seat features a Medieval doorway. The church of St Lawrence was removed to make way for the Royal William Victualling Yard. The Folly was known as ‘The Ruins’ for many years. Parts of the old Stonehouse Barrier Gates were also said to have been used. As Stonehouse was never a walled town, it is thought that these came from the Abbey or Manor House.
The Pall Mall Magazine, published in 1897, said:
‘The ruin was constructed from the remains of a fallen obelisk and some old granite-work.’
This would suggest that the obelisk had collapsed sometime before the building of the folly in 1747. If parts were used within the construction of the folly then the obelisk erected on Obelisk Hill at Cremyll can’t be the complete obelisk that stood where the folly now stands.
An artist painting the scene at the end of the 1800’s wrote that the Earl of Edgcumbe had his workers build one folly, had it blown up, didn’t like the result and had it built and blown up again to get the result we see today.
The Folly couldn’t have pleased everyone and within the pages of A Guide to the Coast of Devon and Cornwall, published in 1859, it says:
‘The grounds still are very attractive, but disfigured by silly artificial ruins.’
Also, in Black’s Guide to Devonshire, published in 1864, it states:
‘Of the mimic ruins scattered through the grounds it is best to take no heed. They are but sorry accessories to a scene which nature has so bounteously enriched.’

Another Shot of the Folly

Mount Edgcumbe

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 4 years ago

    beautiful capture and view dear Don.x

  • Hi Catherine, thanks so much, you’ll know this view quite well I think?

    – DonDavisUK

  • Twisted01
    Twisted01almost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Done. Great comp’ and view mate. Nicely taken ;)

  • Hey there Jay, thanks mate. Have you been to Mount Edgcumbe before? There are so many wonderful sights to see in the grounds of the Estate, it’s a veritable photographers heaven.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Christine Lake
    Christine Lakealmost 4 years ago

    A beautiful image Don.

  • Hi Christine, thanks so much my friend. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasalmost 4 years ago

    Wow Don, stunning shot!!

  • Hey there Lynda, many thanks my friend. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • John44
    John44almost 4 years ago

    Great compositon, well seen and presented!

  • Thank you so much John. This is a place I’ve returned to many times and hope to go back again some day.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 4 years ago

    Would you believe I’ve only been to Plymouth once.Been past it often, en route to Cornwall.lolx

  • Only once, you’ll have to go back, there’s just soooooo much to see. You’ll love it too.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...almost 4 years ago

    A great shot Don and just look at that view WOW!

  • Hey there Tony, how’s it going mate?
    I just love this location. We’ve tramped around the Edgcumbe Estate so many time, I can’t think, but what’s left in my soul is memories of my children as youngsters laughing, throwing frizbies, playing chase and catch, eating Cornish Pasties and gazing in wonder at the thrilling and enchanting monuments to the past; caonons, follies, ruins, creeks, and gardens that would blow the mind. No wonder, I’m drawn to such a location with my Nikon camera.
    Hope you’ve had a chance to experience the great outdoors recently. All the best, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Twisted01
    Twisted01almost 4 years ago

    Hey Don,
    No, not been there yet, but sounds like I need to LOL.
    Public rights of way I am guessing. Not NT is it?
    Thanks for your incite mate. Will have to take a trip then then HUH ;)

  • Hi Jay,
    You’ll love it mate.
    I just love this location. We’ve tramped around the Edgcumbe Estate so many time, I can’t think, but what’s left in my soul is memories of my children as youngsters laughing, throwing frizbies, playing chase and catch, eating Cornish Pasties and gazing in wonder at the thrilling and enchanting monuments to the past; caonons, follies, ruins, creeks, and gardens that would blow the mind. No wonder, I’m drawn to such a location with my Nikon camera.

    – DonDavisUK

  • webbie
    webbiealmost 4 years ago

    AWSOME Capture Don :)

  • Hey there Webbie, thanks my friend.
    I just love this location. We’ve tramped around the Edgcumbe Estate so many time, I can’t think, but what’s left in my soul is memories of my children as youngsters laughing, throwing frizbies, playing chase and catch, eating Cornish Pasties and gazing in wonder at the thrilling and enchanting monuments to the past; canons, follies, ruins, creeks, and gardens that would blow the mind. No wonder, I’m drawn to such a location with my Nikon camera.

    – DonDavisUK

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