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Massey's Folly
Massey's Folly

Restoration Village - Massey's Folly

Villagers in Upper Farringdon brought their campaign to save Massey's Folley as part of the current series of Restoration Village.

Massey's Folly is an immense structure towering over the surrounding picturesque thatched cottages in the village of Upper Farringdon in North Hampshire.  And it appeared on the current series of Restoration.

Built over 40 years from 1870 by the eccentric Rev Thomas Hackett Massey, the building's history remains shrouded in mystery. Part of the building is currently used as a nursery school and villagers would like to see this continue as well as using the Folly to revitalise the village, its identity and sense of community.

Griff Rhys Jones
Griff Rhys Jones

The building featured on the first programme in the current series of Restoration Village on BBC Two, however it was not chosen to go through to the next stage of the programme.

Presented by Griff Rhys Jones, and with the help of ruin detectives Ptolemy Dean and Marianne Suhr, Restoration Village are once again travelling the length and breadth of the country in a quest to uncover some of the nation's most threatened architectural treasures.

This series featurse 21 rural buildings from seven different regions around the UK, which have once played a central role in their village. Their restoration will inject new life into both the buildings themselves and the communities in which they stand.

The building is now home to the Sunday School, Country Dancing, First Friends Pre-School Nursery, and Alton's Ki Aikido Club.  However its future hangs in the balance as its current owners wish to develop the building for flats.  The Massey's Folly Society was formed in 2005 by local residents who wanted to use the building as a village hall which would be a focal point for the local community.

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Massey's Folly was against Watts Gallery, Compton in Surrey and Tollesbury Granary, Tollesbury in Essex.

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