Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Broadway Tower on Bank Holiday Monday

Broadway Tower located on the Cotswold Way, above Broadway village, on the second highest point in the Cotswolds, a pre-medieval trade route and beacon hill. I read that in fair weather you can see 16 counties from the top, so how could I keep away? It would be almost like flying.

Past: Inspired by Capability Brown, a Saxon style tower designed by James Wyatt in 1794, built in 1799 for Lady Coventry, used as printing press for Sir Thomas Phillips (afflicted by bibliomania) and a holiday retreat for Pre-Raphaelites William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones in the 1880s, .

Present: two spiral staircases, to race your friends to the top, panoramic views, beautiful lichen on yellow-grey stone, romantic even in high winds, sideways rain and your companions scarper back to the car after only 5 mins. *sigh*

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