On Sunday, my friend asked if we could visit one of the Wentworth Follies - Keppel's Column as her br0ther, who also no longer lives in the area had met a descendant of Admiral Keppel. I think the lady who won "Millionaire" who is related to Camilla is a Keppel.
The column was built by the family at Wentworth Woodhouse to celebrate the acquittal of their good friend Admiral Augustus Keppel in 1778 (I think he was accused of causing a disaster at sea). The "bowing out " of the column is an optical illusion - as explained by the plaque.
It's the only folly that hasn't been restored yet, and is in poor repair. It did used to open for people to climb up to the viewing platform on the top, but it has been closed for a fair few years now. The view from the top must be incredible, as this monument can be seen from almost every spot in South Yorkshire - and even as far as Derbyshire.
My friend has not lived in the area since she left school at 18years old. When she left, the area was dotted with coal tips and mines, but none of these remain now, and she was totally struck by how beautiful the area is.
The field that the column stands in has been designated as a wild life meadow by Rotherham council and the "Friends of Keppel's Field" help maintain it. You can read about the field and woods HERE
The flowers on the previous post were taken on our wanderings around Chatwsorth gardens.