Restored folly set for day of fund-raising

Dave Clarke A recently restored 19th century folly, on farmland near Barnsley, is being opened to the public for one day, to raise funds for pre-school children. Hartcliffe Tower, near Penistone, was built in 1856 by cotton merchant Henry Richardson, who later became the first Mayor of Barnsley.

On a clear day it is possible to see all the way to York Minister from the top of the tower, but access has been restricted because of its condition. The structure crumbled six years ago, and it was rebuilt by Jeffrey Pears, of nearby Bellavista Farm, in 2002.

His daughter, Lisa Hunt, has organised an open day on Saturday, June 19, to raise funds for the Daisy Chains pre-school group in Thurlstone.

Attractions include a fairground, cake stands, raffle, and competition prize for the visitor who can guess the true height of the tower.

Entry is 3 for adults and free for children.