Flounders Folly tower sits on top of Callow Hill a few miles outside the small town of Craven Arms in Shropshire, distantly visible from the main A49 road between Shrewsbury and Ludlow.

It is named after its founder, Benjamin Flounders, a wealthy Yorkshire businessman who had been involved both with the railways and canals in the north of England.

The tower, which is some 80 feet tall and 16 feet square, dates back to 1838. Flounders was then 70 and the owner of the nearby Culmington Estate - he died in 1845.

From the folly there are spectacular views of the surrounding Shropshire countryside, with the Long Mynd to the west and Wales beyond, and more open land to the east.

Flounders Folly fell into disrepair after the Second World War and decayed over a period of years; the castellated top of the tower collapsed in 1987.

In 2001 the tower - which was once owned by the actress Julie Christie - was bought by the Flounders Folly Trust, and restored over a period of several years with the help of volunteers and grants from various sources. On occasions the tower is open to the public.
The view from Callow Hill and Flounders Folly
across patchwork fields to the southern end
of the Long Mynd
Stone marking the
date of building

Flounders Folly

on Callow Hill, close to Craven Arms, Shropshire