Brookmans Park Folly

The Grade II listed folly arch at Brookmans Park marked the entrance to the Gobions estate, an ancient private estate which flourished on merchant wealth near the village of Brookmans Park from the 14th to 18th Centuries.

The Folly Arch is said to have been erected by Sir Jeremy Sambrooke, although another story is that it was erected to commemorate a visit of Henry VIII, possibly during the time when Sir Thomas More lived at More Hall.

A local legend maintains that, as a show of extravagance, a farthing was placed under each brick. Generations of local children have tested this legend and found it to be false, but in the process severely damaged the Arch, which was therefore protected by a fence in the 1980s.

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