Broadway Tower (Broadway, Cotswolds, England)

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Broadway Tower, a brown folly castle located on England's Cotswold Way and accessible via a steep climb out of Broadway Village, was designed by James Wyatt in 1794 and built for Lady Coventry in 1799. The noblewoman, curious as to whether a beacon lit on Broadway Hill could be seen from her house in Worcester (about 35 km away), sponsored the construction of the mock (or "folly") tower to find out. To her delight, its beacon could indeed be seen from her house. Wikipedia. Nearly a century later, Broadway Tower, extravagantly graced with turrets, gargoyles, and balconies, was frequently visited by Pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne-Jones, and it inspired Morris' campaign to preserve historic monuments.

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Mirk0 on December 8, 2010

what a nice tower - what a wonderful framed capture, Dear laurac! I´m glad to have the opportunity to give the FIRST LIKE in expecting a lot others soon - kind regards, Mirko

laurac5 on December 12, 2010

MirkO, thanks for your comments and LIKE! I like your gallery too (especially "A Patchwork Quilt?").

LeoW on January 2, 2011

very beautiful captured tower - impressive angle - like it.

Happy New Year

Best wishes from Germany, Leo

laurac5 on January 2, 2011

Danke schön. Leo, thanks for visiting my gallery!

Agnieszka C on January 2, 2011

Compliment for your wonderful photo. like

Greetings from Poland Agnieszka

Rafl on January 7, 2011

ILIKE excellent shot twein tower! rafl

ags83642 on January 9, 2011

Nice perspective on these tall towers. Great photo.

KWO Tsoumenis on January 9, 2011

Amazing tower, unique capture.


Friendly greetings,

Kostas/Athens :-)

laurac5 on January 9, 2011

ags83642, welcome back to my gallery and hope things aren't too chilly in Idaho. The tower is a folly (something we don't have here in the U.S.). It was built for no other use than to be a "joke." It's quite an attractive joke, I think.

Mahdi Kalhor on January 9, 2011

Very excellent view of great tower.


All the best from Iran, Mahdi

Dr.Azzouqa on January 9, 2011

Beautiful tower and shot.


Best wishes from Jordan.


laurac5 on January 10, 2011

Mustafa, thanks for visiting!

Alireza Javaheri on January 10, 2011

Beautiful Photo ...

* L I K E *

Thanks for your comments

Greetings from Iran


Natalia Stoyakina on January 10, 2011

WoW!!! Architecture impresses! ¤-¤-¤ L I K E №9 ¤-¤-¤
Warmest regards from RUSSIA! ¤-¤-¤ N A T A L I A ¤-¤-¤

Annelies Vink on January 18, 2011

What a wonderful place and photo. LIKE

laurac5 on January 18, 2011

Annelies, thanks for stopping by.

Da. on January 20, 2011

Very good perspective! Nice architecture! like

Greetings from Beijing, China


d3funovic on January 20, 2011



Greetings, d3funovic.

laurac5 on January 20, 2011

d3funovic, thanks for dropping by.

刘红石 on January 22, 2011


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 22, 2010
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    by laurac5
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W5
    • Taken on 2008/09/18 02:00:02
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 7.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash