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A 300-Year-Old Pyramid Arch Built To Satisfy a Gentleman’s Bet

An idiosyncratic pyramid arch towers at the end of a tree-lined carriage road in a Wentworth field. Like all follies, it serves no real purpose, but some 300 years ago it helped an aristocrat retain his honor.

Mason John Carr built this 46-foot-tall pyramid under the instructions of the Marquis of Rockingham around 1730. According to legend, the Marquis bet a friend that he could drive his horses through the eye of a needle. He had this standalone “needle” constructed exactly wide enough for a small carriage to pass through expressly to win his wager.


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