Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, Glasgow.

The wealthy in society have for centuries built lavishly, for their own amusement and to impress their friends and neighbours. The great Elizabethan and Jacobean houses were made still more imposing by their long galleries for exercising, by their banqueting houses overlooking gardens, and by the lodges from which to watch hunting and horseracing. Often these buildings were the first to be neglected or abandoned when such frivolous pursuits were no longer fashionable or financially sustainable.

Not all follies were frivolous. The Bath House at Walton, Stratford-upon-Avon, was built in ...

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