near Slindon, West Sussex
Nore Folly (sometimes known
as Slindon Folly) is a strangely shaped structure, difficult to
Sitting on a small hill about half a mile from the village of
Slindon in West Sussex it resembles nothing except, perhaps, the
entrance to a tunnel - but a non-existent tunnel, of course.
It is unclear, also, why it was built.
During the second half of the 18th Century Slindon was the family
seat of the Countess of Newburgh and her husband, the third Earl.
It has been suggested that the Folly was built originally as a
replica Italian arch, erected at the request of the Countess and
based upon a painting that she owned.
A room behind the arch (now there no longer) was added later and
used to entertain shooting parties on the estate.
There is a good view of Nore Folly from the Slindon to Eartham
road. The structure can be reached on foot - follow the track
from Slindon towards Courthill Farm, then take the path to the
left immediately before the farmyard. There is a good view of
Halnaker Mill as you climb gently towards Nore Folly, and
beautiful views from the Folly back across rolling countryside
and towards the coastline at Bognor Regis.