Mow Cop Castle

This  is Mow Cop Castle, a folly built on the border of Cheshire and Staffordshire – quite literally, as the ridge it sits on forms the geographic boundary. Whilst it looks like the remnants of a far larger and grander building, the truth is that it was simply built (as a summer house) to look that way. It was built in 1754 by Randle Wilbraham, and these days is a Grade II listed building owned by the National Trust.

Shot on a Canon EOS 60D with a Tamron 17-70mm lens, and then jiggled about with slightly using Silver Efex.

If you’re of a slightly more venerable vintage, you might remember a 1978 BBC production called “Red Shift”, based on Alan Garner’s 1973 novel of the same name. The story is based around Mow Cop Castle, but dispersed across Roman times, the English Civil War and the 1970s.

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