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Jack the Treacle Eater Featured Follies Image

Jack the Treacle Eater

Folly, the east boundary marker of the Barwick Park Estate, Somerset, built circa 1775. Rough rubble arch of about 5-metres high, crowned with a circular tower in cut and squared stone, with a battlemented parapet and conical stone roof surmounted by a lead statuette (a winged Mercury). A blocked doorway in the side of tower only has the upper part of a rough stairway leading to it. Jack was reputed to be a local runner who carried family messages to London, and was said to have trained on treacle. IoE 263573

© Brian Haigh Source: Images of England