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Boot’s Folly

Peak District 2

I’ve been fascinated for a long time by the square tower that can be seen on the hillside overlooking Strines reservoir, just off the A57 between Sheffield and Manchester, and finally got around to looking into what it is and why it was built.

It’s called Boot’s Folly, and it was built in 1927 on the direction of Charles Boot, son of Henry Boot (as in the construction company!), who lived in the neighbouring Sugworth Hall, to provide work for his employees during hard economic times. Originally it had a spiral staircase inside but this was removed after a cow got stuck.

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