A ‘Folly’ known as Racton Tower

Standing proud on a hill to the north of Emsworth and to the west of Chichester is Racton Tower in Lordington. This monument is in fact a folly and now a ruined tower. Thought to have been built in the late 1700’s, many say it is haunted. Surrounded by trees the place certainly has an eery feeling to it and as I left the site to return to my car, the sun was setting and I for one would not want to be there at night time. Judging by the graffiti it is almost certainly a venue for drunken parties!

Taken at different times but all on the same day, the shots of the monument with dramatic clouds as a backdrop were taken around lunchtime, whilst the ‘close up’ shots were taken later in the afternoon when there was more cloud cover and as the sun started to set.

All images were shot with my Olympus OMD EM5

The sun lights up the tower itself and I just cant resist photographing these wonderful cloudscapes
Panasonic 45-200mm lens @51mm f8 1/1600 ISO 200

Cloudscape at Racton Tower

The late afternoon sun on Racton Tower
Panasonic 20mm prime lens f3.2 1/640 ISO 200

Racton Tower, Lordington

Dramatic clouds move around in the sky
Panasonic 45-200mm lens @67mm f8 1/1000 ISO 200

Racton Tower, Lordington

Looking up from inside the tower. Sadly the graffiti is clearly visible but does add its own character
Olympus 12mm prime lens f5 1/20 ISO 200


Again dark clouds add to the dramatic nature of the location
Panasonic 45-200mm lens @61mm f8 1/1000 ISO 200


Looking up……..
Panasonic 20mm prime lens f2.5 1/3200 ISO 200


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