Jun 6 2011 By Ian Proctor
Harrow Heritage Trust at Tooke's Folly at Pinner Hill Farm, where a plaque was unveiled.
A PLAQUE commemorating an unusual brick clock tower in Pinner was unveiled on Friday.
Harrow Heritage Trust wanted to highlight the importance of Tooke's Folly at Pinner Hill Farm in Pinner Hill, which was built in French Gothic style in 1862 and was given Grade II Listing in June 1978.
Pinner historian Pat Clarke said: “It's a remarkable idiosyncratic piece of architecture and it's very distinctive along the road. It was part of a 19th Century farm which stopped being a working farm in the early 20th Century.
“Most recently landowner Laurence Camps bought it and over a number of years converted the buildings into residential and offices. The original clock broke and was replaced by Mr Camps. We thought the folly was worth a plaque and the owner was agreeable.”
The structure, a building of red, blue and brown brick attached to a barn, was the work of a member of a prominent Victorian family, A W Tooke, whose father William had bought him the Pinner Hill estate of which Pinner Hill Farm was once formed part, although some sources, such as the Pinner Hill Estate Conservation Area Designation and Policy Statement, attribute construction to the father rather than the son.
Two other towers were created by the Tookes at properties they acquired – one known as the original Tooke's Folly at Woodhall Towers, a manor house that stood east of Woodhall Drive until it was demolished last century, and one at Pinner Hill House, which is now the club house at Pinner Hill Golf Course in Southview Road, Pinner.
The Tooke family legacy extends further into village through the existence of Tooke Close and Tooke's Green.
The last building to be given a Harrow Heritage Trust plaque of recognition was the Zoroastrian Centre in Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow, in 2007.