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The Platform, Piercefield

A Scheduled Monument in Tidenham, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.6551 / 51°39'18"N

Longitude: -2.6766 / 2°40'35"W

OS Eastings: 353288

OS Northings: 195357

OS Grid: ST532953

Mapcode National: GBR JM.6TPL

Mapcode Global: VH87M.KNBL

Entry Name: The Platform, Piercefield

Scheduled Date: 4 August 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 852

Cadw Legacy ID: MM284

Schedule Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Category: Folly

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Tidenham

Built-Up Area: Sedbury

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire


The monument consists of a folly, dating to the 18th century. A folly is a structure, often found in 18th century landscape gardens, that demonstrates eccentricity or excess rather than practical purpose. They can take many forms - ruins, sham castles, towers, hermits' cells or grottoes. This is an elevated viewing platform 7.5m wide by 2.8m deep built out over a natural rock outcrop. The Platform was one of the principle viewing structures constructed along the length of the Piercefield Walk.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of 18th century settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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