Masseys Folly – A Gothic Mystery

Funny what you find when you’re out and about. Take Masseys Folly, a large, red brick Victorian construction complete with two towers and adorned with carvings. It’s like something out of a Bronte novel – and it’s slap-bang in the middle of a small village in Hampshire.

The story behind the folly is just as curious as its position. Built by Rector Massey over the course of thirty years, and unfinished in his lifetime, no-one is entirely sure of its purpose. It wasn’t a house or a workplace, and Massey was never forthcoming about why he built it.


It’s been a working man’s club and a village hall, and was sold for development a few years ago.

Construction took such a long time as it was solely built by Massey himself and a single bricklayer. On top of that, if Massey didn’t like what had been done the previous day, he’d have it taken down so they could start again.


The imposing ornate building is just begging for a story or two. A ghostly tale? A gothic romance? Maybe even a murder mystery? Whatever you chose, the building could certainly be a character all by itself. And if you’re ever in the vicinity, take a minute to marvel at this impressive Victorian mystery.

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    1. It was a great thing to stumble on whilst walking. There’s bits and pieces about it online but it’s still such a mystery as the guy who built it refused to explain why. It’s perfect for a story though. I’ve stashed it away for future use!

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