Charlton’s Folly – Moat Farrell
A couple of weeks back – at my wife’s suggestion – I shared an image of two horses nuzzling for Valentine’s Day.
See I do listen dear 🙂
Just as well because it turned out to be a very popular photo with those of you that saw it.
Though before she picked out the horses, I had intended to share this image. One that has quite a dramatic love story behind it 😉
The ruins of a tower house built by a local land owner called Charlton. A ruin that has become known as Charlton’s Folly.
The morning that I was driving around the town land of Moat Farrell trying to find this ruin, I was lucky enough to find a local farmer who told me the story behind Charlton’s Folly.
According to this farmer, (sorry I can’t remember his name now) Charlton was very rich, very old and having never married, he had no heirs. Apart from his two younger sisters that is. Who stood to inherit all the land owned by Charlton.
Well didn’t a young girl come by and wooed the old man and before long they were married. He started building a fine tower house for his new bride to live in but before he could finish it….his sisters had other plans.
They apparently were not happy about the marriage and set about making sure that it didn’t produce a child.
Now I can’t remember exactly what they did…something in the middle of the night and something that would make a grown man’s eyes water.
Anyway there was no child borne to the old man and his young wife but he made sure that his sisters didn’t benefit. On his death bed, he changed his will and gave his sisters only a penny each. The remainder of his fortune became the Charlton Trust. A trust that young couples intending to marry were able to ask for a small amount of money from to help them start their married life.
Or so the story goes. I may have missed a few bits and pieces but this was almost the exact account told to me by the farmer who pointed me in the right direction of the ruin.
Now I have done a google search regarding Charlton and there is mention of his trust but little else.
So I would love to hear from anyone else who may know more and perhaps the real story :))