Berkshire news The incredible Berkshire tower built as a romantic gesture MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Wilders Folly has a fascinating history
Breaking News ! In the wilds of West Berkshire stands a fascinating tower. There are no other buildings around Wilders Folly and the story surrounding it is apparently one of a very grand romantic gesture. The building can be found on Nunhide Hill, near Sulham on the outskirts of Tilehurst. Its history goes back to the year 1768. It is said to have been built by the Reverend Henry Wilder as a very grand gesture for his future wife, Jane Thoyts, who lived in Sulhamstead House nearby. However, it wasn't near enough for the love-struck reverend, who commissioned the building to be constructed so it could be seen from both their homes - which is a bit better than a box of chocolates. Wilder lived in Sulham House, which can still be seen from the tower. Sadly, you can no longer see Sulhamstead House.
. Not only were the two married, they also ended up having 11 children. The building was apparently converted into a dovecote many years ago. The love gesture is a wonderful tale of old - however, it is not necessarily true. The Berkshire History website disputes the tale, saying it "seems unlikely." It says historians argue Wilder had it built in the 1730s. Others say it was built at a completely different time, being used as a beacon or as a look-out post during the Napoleonic wars during the early 1800s. Photographer Matt Emmett took some incredible photos of the building in 2018.
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