Every day is a school day, and the Gothic Folly is definitely throwing up some unusual terms and features. Paul Coleman, Project Manager and Building Surveyor continues…..
Crenels, crenulation, merlons, machicolation, battlements, embrasures, coping and cap stones are all part of what made the ruin at Wimpole such a striking feature in the landscape giving it that sham castle appearance. So what are these and why are they here?
When Sanderson Miller designed the Folly (1749-51) and when it was built in 1772, the intension was for it to have a romantic, castle-like appearance with mock fortifications; places from which to view the approaching enemy and defend your property. So we see a familiar castle design with stepped stone features, also called ‘crows teeth’ or crenulations.
However, these features at the top of the building were constructed in a stone called clunch, a very very soft chalk limestone which in external locations does not…
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