In 1838, when the wealthy businessman Walter May suspected his wife was having a torrid affair with a local farmer, he did what any (insane) man would do, and built a tower to keep her in.
The Grade I listed Hadlow Tower, also known as May’s Folly, is now for sale – sans listing price.
Located in the English county of Kent, the tower was designed by architect George Ledwell Taylor and stands and impressive 175 feet tall.
The building has a storied history; along with being the holding place for a wife with an allegedly wandering eye, Hadlow Tower also served as an observation post and vegetable store during World War II. It went on to be converted into a home in 1976, then badly damaged by a storm in 1987. Most recently it was taken over by the Vivat Trust in 2008, who according to the Daily Telegraph, carried out a full-scale restoration, transforming the tower into a three bedroom home with a drawing room, dining room, kitchen, two bathrooms and a wet room.
Now that Vivat Trust, which was dedicated to rescuing neglected and dilapidated historic buildings, has gone into liquidation, its properties are up for grabs.
Abdul Jambo, associate director at Eddisons who are handling the sale, told the Telegraph, “The properties are of such a unique and historic nature that we have rarely, if ever, seen anything comparable come to the open market… We will be leaving this to the market to decide and are looking to receive offers from anyone interested in owning an incredibly special piece of British history.”