Corrin's Folly

Type:Historic Site

Corrin's Tower

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On the hill overlooking the City of Peel stands a stone tower known as Corrin's Folly. This monument was built around 1806 by Thomas Corrin, who owned the hill and much land nearby. The site and its position at the summit of the hill was one of his favourite places and there next to the tower in a small outlined graveyard, he laid to rest his wife and two children. Their graves are marked out with pillars of stone. 

 Corrin's Folly is four stories high. Much of the inside is taken up with a pillar set in the centre of the building which starts out square on the ground floor, but goes more round as it moves up through the floors to the roof. Memorial tablets of stone as well as inscriptions on the walls mark the ground and first floor with memories of departed Corrins'.

Thomas Corrin often stayed on the third floor reading by a small fireplace. As a consquence, the windows on all three floors of the east side of the tower are blocked up, due to complaints that ships were mistaking the tower light for the Peel breakwater light. 

There are many footpaths leading up the hill to Corrin's Folly. Most are from the Peel Harbour side, near the bridge across the Marina and the hill can be accessed from Fenella Beach car park. It is a fair walk away, even though it does not seem far.

The Tower itself is locked to the public at this time, but viewing the outside of the building and nearby graves are still worth the walk.

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