Aireborough Historical Society

Cragg Wood Folly

Cragg Wood Folly

Title
Cragg Wood Folly
Date Undated
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
B177
Comment
This folly is situated by a ginnel or path through the woods near what is known as the "Spite and Malice".
Allegedly two wealthy families were residing at either end of the path, the Ripleys at Acacia to the west end and the Briggs at Cliffe Cottage to the east.
Apparently the families built increasingly higher walls between the properties to prevent one being spied on by the other until there were large towers on both sides! These were referred to as "The spite and Malice" Perhaps the antagonism stemmed from religious or political differences but both towers are gone now, some remains of them can still be found.
This would have been in the mid 19th century.
The lady standing in the folly is thought to be Mrs L Werring

 

valryan85a
valryan85a
used to love going to Spite and Malice" to play and gather bluebells, wood anemones and celandines in the spring time - happy memories
Monday, December 30, 2013
norabatty
norabatty
Me too, it felt like a secret place.
Friday, November 14, 2014
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