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PostSubject: Dinton Castle (Folly)   Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:31 pm

Dinton Castle or Folly

Close to the large town of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire close to the turning of the A418 Dinton. A local built folly from Portland limestone with large ammonites as decoration. Archaeologically interesting for its (excavated) Saxon burial ground. The folly an imitation of a castle structure was built in 1769 and was designed to be seen from Dinton Hall. It is an octagonal plan with circular towers east & west. it was two storeys, with the towers reaching to 3 storeys. The building stones of the folly walls are composed of locally sourced Portland formation. They are mainly the creamy limestone of the Portland stone member. There are also minor sandstone blocks in the structure.

Despite its appearance Dinton Castle is not a medieval ruined castle but was in fact an 18th century folly. It was built by Sir John Hatten in 1743 to house his fossil collection. Today it is said to be haunted by Simon Mayne (Dinton Hermit). Who was once secretary to Oliver Cromwel. Mayne fell foul of King Charles 11 at the Restoration and was stripped of his wealth. He died a broken man and now it seems his ghost seeks shelter within the crumbling walls of Dinton Folly

Now this place is open to the public and we wouldn't need to ask anyone if we could do an investigation there so this one is a freebie and we could do it any time when the weather gets better there is parking for 4/5 cars on the lane leading up to the gate I could go along and do some checks on this location first if this helps? I live about 45 mins away.





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PostSubject: Re: Dinton Castle (Folly)   Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:02 pm

I really like this place Phil...

Great history and location.

If you can get some more info on it that would be great. I think we should plan this one in May when it gets warmer.
We need to know about the local traffic noise, flight paths, electrical pylons, underground power-lines if possible, and also what is in the vicinity in terms of houses, farms, buildings, and the land use..

Great find mate.

Lets all do some research on the hauntings myths and legends...
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PostSubject: Re: Dinton Castle (Folly)   Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:39 am

Hi Guys

looks like a nice one that , i'm pretty sure that one of our previous members told us about this one , but nothing ever came of it , i see you have allready researched it and come up with some interesting stuff about it .

good one Phil

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PostSubject: Re: Dinton Castle (Folly)   Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:22 pm

Thank you to Phil for taking this video during his initial visit to the folly.

I uploaded it to You Tube last night so we could all see just what he experienced.