Ellyet's Folly, or the Towers as it was sometimes known, was a castellated building with two towers situated at the northern end of Prospect Place in Above Bar Street. It was built in the mid-1830s by a Southsea merchant named Ellyet. In the late 19th century it was bought by Sir Frederick Perkins, who lived in London but who brought his family to Southampton for the summer months. There was a fine view over the town from the top of the towers.

Ellyett's Folly

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Photograph of Prospect Place, Above Bar Street, 1888. Ellyet’s folly is on the left of the photograph.


Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p35-6. (HS/h)


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