More on Wroughton’s Folly

We have considered this strange and long lost grand building in the past. The other day we were given a sheet of paper with some typed notes about Seymour Wroughton’s home which was often known as Maggott’s Castle.

This is it.

Notes on Wroughton's Folly by Francis Smith

Notes on Wroughton’s Folly by Francis Smith

Time to transcribe!

Notes on Roughton’s Folly supplied by Francis Smith, Parish Clerk of Market Lavington, in1868

A brief memorandum of esquire Roughton’s house. The house was built near the year 1758. Whether since that date Esquire Roughton lived at the Folly House it is not known at the present date, 1868. I expect some time at the Folly House and at other times at his Farm House at Eastcott, now in the occupation of Mr Wadman.

I recollect when a boy taking a journey with my sister to Erchfont about the year 1788, the day of his interment, where his remains now lay in a vault in Erchfont Church.

Respecting the Carriage Road to the Folly House, the entrance was from the upper lane leading from Erchfont through a Plantation across an arable field four acres, more or less, by name called “Jets” entering a brow of plantation which lead to the Folly House – the house and bedroom over the Coach-house was neatly furnished.

There were three fish-ponds. The house was partly built over the upper pond. I saw Mr Axford who occupied Eastcott Farm, the father of John Axford now living at West Lavington fishing in the upper pond in company with many other gentlemen. The late William Atkins of Market Lavington found 3½ guineas by the side of the middle pond and owned by a gentleman of the company (Mr Fidler of Etchilhampton) The current coin at that time was g1oneas (can’t make out) and value of seven shillings in gold.

The Walks between the upper and middle ponds was ornamental with free-stone fence and flowers = a man was employed for the management of the flower walks and premises by the name of John Dry.

A beautiful and pleasant arbour was on a high mount. It was somewhat northward and distant from the house. The Coach House and Stabling was below the lower fish pond near the lane, the Southward side of the pasture field.

I consider had the Folly House and premises continued in good order many parties of ladies would have enjoyed themselves through the Summer season with teas etc. Dated the 21st August 1868. (Signed) Francis Smith, Market Lavington.

P.S. I have a memorandum of three brothers by the name of Giddings. It was reported that they died of the plague. They were buried in a field not far distant North eastward from the Coach Road entrance called Wickem Arable Ground.

When the late Squire Tinker occupied a small farm at Eastcott the graves were kept in good order, with flowers and thorn hedge round them. The graves still remain but neglected and not kept in good order.

The original written expressly for Mrs Welch.

 

 

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