This curious gazebo-like affair sits atop a lofty prominence overlooking the surrounding countryside a mile or two south of Seaham. For risk of breaching copyright, please see the structure’s form here. As you will observe, it was a splendid little landmark before the storms of December 2006.
The two-storey affair was built as little more than an eye-catcher – a folly – by Major George Anderson of nearby Hawthorn Tower around 1830 – and indeed was for years known as ‘Anderson’s Folly’. It was probably used as a summer house by the estate during Victorian times, but several sources state that it became a residence around the turn of the twentieth century (as is evidenced by remains of a privy and midden).
It may soon become a holiday cottage after remedial work has been completed. Or perhaps it already has! Do let me know if you can enlighten me further.
P.S. Have just found an up-to-date picture here.