SP0486 : Perrott's Folly

taken 11 years ago, near to Chad Valley, Birmingham, Great Britain

Perrott's Folly
Perrott's Folly
Thought to be the inspiration for an illustration of 'Orthanc' one of the 'Two Towers' in Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'. Tolkien spent his teenage years in nearby Stirling Road and Duchess Place.

Perrott's Folly, or Monument, was constructed in 1758 by John Perrott as a folly or hunting lodge. It was converted to a weather observatory by Follet Osler in 1884 and was later used by the Birmingham & Midland Institute and Birmingham University until 1979.

(Although the 1979 date is widely quoted another geograph contributor who worked for the University remembers taking the weekly pay packets to the staff there into the early 1980s.)

The other tower is at Edgbaston Waterworks and is thought to be Minas Tirith.
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Date Taken
Friday, 20 November, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 20 November, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 047 862 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.4713N 1:55.8810W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 047 862
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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