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Folly Arch - cracks appear to have widened

Daylight can be seen through the main crack and others have appeared top left - folly7.jpg (10372 bytes)

Daylight can be seen through the main crack and others have appeared top left

Concern is growing over the deteriorating condition of Folly Arch the historic landmark on the southern edge of Brookmans Park.

Work was due to begin in September 1999 after a large crack was spotted in the structure.

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Over recent months the crack under the arch has widened and a number of other, smaller cracks, have appeared despite the addition of steel girders to try to hold the structure together.

North Mymms Green Belt society’s Bob Horrocks says he will be writing again to English Heritage urging them to push ahead with plans to renovate the Grade II listed structure and drawing their attention to the latest pictures of the damage.

Close up of the damage showing curviture in the brickwork - folly5.jpg (14844 bytes)
Close up of the damage showing curviture in the brickwork

Bob Horrocks says trees might have damaged the foundations making it difficult for the construction to be made safe. The recent wet weather may not have helped.

There has been a steady stream of letters back and forth between the North Mymms Green Belt Society, the local authority and English Heritage about what needs to be done.

The Green Belt Society even took legal action to try to find out how the historic building could be saved.

Following the latest exchange of letters it was suggested that work to repair the structure would begin this month, November 2000, however poor weather has cast fresh doubt on that.

Note:  All image heavily compressed for download and taken with a digital camera on loan from Fujifilm

November 12, 2000

More about Folly Arch on this site
History of Gobions EstateChapter One
History of Gobions Estate – Chapter Four
A Modern History of Brookmans Park - Chapter Two
A Modern History of Brookmans Park - Chapter Four
A Modern History of Brookmans Park - Chapter Five
A Modern History of Brookmans Park – Photographs
North Mymms - Parish and People - Photographs Two
North Mymms - Parish and People - Chapter Thirteen
The History of Gobions – Chapter Two
Gobions history to be unearthed – Click Here
Gobions Woodland Trust - Annual Report for 1998
North Mymms - Place Names
Extracts from History Society Archives – 1911

Relevant stories
Folly Arch - action demanded - June 28, 2000
Folly Arch continues to crack -April 23, 2000
English Heritage visits Folly Arch - Oct 13, 1999
English Heritage Letter - Oct 3, 1999
Folly Arch - supports in place - Sept 17, 1999
Folly Arch starts to crumble - Sept 12, 1999
Green Belt Society letter - Sept 12, 1999


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