Photographer's Note

During a lovely "mini TE meeting" in Oxfordshire last month we took a trip east into Worcestershire and, on a beautifully sunny day came across the lovely "folly" of Broadway Tower, a conception of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Lancelot "Capability" Brown, his vision being carried out for George William, 6th Earl of Coventry, with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and one which was completed in 1798. Wyatt designed his "Saxon Tower" as an eccentric amalgamation of architectural components ranging from turrets, battlements and gargoyles to balconies.

Members of the "Arts and Crafts Movement" used Broadway Tower as a holiday retreat. Pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones were frequent visitors. Indeed, it was Broadway and the Tower that sparked Morris's campaign for the preservation of historic monuments.

The Royal Observer Corps used the unique vantage point to track enemy aeroplanes over England during the world wars of the 20th Century and later constructed a nuclear bunker to report nuclear attacks during the "Cold War".

Broadway Tower is one of England's outstanding viewpoints and at 1024 feet (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment. Unrivalled views survey an expanse of a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 counties of England.

However, whilst others of the group decided to visit the nuclear bunker and some decided to climb up the tower, I was happy to be left below to enjoy the view from ground level! I was happy also to see a couple in the foreground walking their dogs and a fellow at the top of the tower with his camera taking a picture of the distant view.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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