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Offline Trygve Roberts

Barton's Folly
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:00:56 pm »


OK - so this is hardly a pass that's going to get an adventure biker's pulse racing, but statistically it's the biggest of the 11 passes in Gauteng. What adds spice to this pass is the rich ABW (Anglo-Boer War) history and you've never taken the time to stop, make a plan to visit Barton's Folly, where you can see the 1899 built block-house with the odd, but interesting name and if you a few dollars spare, you can book in and try your hand at trout fishing and overnight in the very comfortable lodge.

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Re: Barton's Folly
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2017, 10:50:52 am »
Nice posting!  :thumleft:

A note on the use of the word "folly" when pertaining to a military construction. It goes back to a series of coastal forts built in in Britain during the mid-late 1800s, known colloquially as Palmerston's Follies (which were indeed follies in the classic sense). However, it led to the term "folly" in the military sense being applied to many small isolated defensive constructions (forts and towers) as a noun denoting a type of construction. So it became more specific then just alluding to a particular form of foolishness, and indeed, some follies may not necessarily be a folly (and vice versa)...

Pedantic irrelevancy off.   :biggrin:
 
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Re: Barton's Folly
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017, 11:08:28 am »
The folly is actually about 50km from the pic you have shown and on the Witwatersberg to the south of the Magaliesburg range, on the other side of the Moot.

Offline Trygve Roberts

Re: Barton's Folly
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 01:35:01 pm »
Thanks DeepBass9 - The pic was just a teaser of the general area of Magaliesberg and the dam and not of Hekpoort itself.
 

Offline Trygve Roberts

Re: Barton's Folly
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 05:04:33 pm »
Nice posting!  :thumleft:

A note on the use of the word "folly" when pertaining to a military construction. It goes back to a series of coastal forts built in in Britain during the mid-late 1800s, known colloquially as Palmerston's Follies (which were indeed follies in the classic sense). However, it led to the term "folly" in the military sense being applied to many small isolated defensive constructions (forts and towers) as a noun denoting a type of construction. So it became more specific then just alluding to a particular form of foolishness, and indeed, some follies may not necessarily be a folly (and vice versa)...

Pedantic irrelevancy off.   :biggrin:

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