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Welsh Follies

The Secrets, Stories and Scandals of

60 Welsh Follies

Graham Watkins

Copyright 2013 Graham Watkins

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Folly’ n. a want of sense; weakness of mind; irrationality; a foolish action; a useless and needlessly extravagant structure.

Welsh follies come in all shapes and sizes, from the ‘Smallest House in Britain’ on the quay at Conwy, once the home of 6’ 3’’ fisherman, Robert Jones, to Portmeirion Village where, between 1925 and 1975, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis constructed follies on an epic almost industrial scale. In building Portmeirion, Williams-Ellis produced one of the most extravagant and beautiful follies in the world. In the 1960s his Italianate creation was used as the location for the cult television programme ‘The Prisoner’. Today,

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