Photographer's Note

Broadway Tower stands on Beacon Hill, the second highest point in the Cotswold in rural England.The hill rises to 1024ft (312m) and was once used to send long-distance signals by lighting a beacon and was used for this purpose long before the tower was built.

Broadway Tower was built as a folly tower for the 6th Earl of Coventry and was inspired by Capability Brown.
James Wyatt was commissioned as architect and completed the folly in 1796.

Broadway Tower has enjoyed a number of well-known owners and occupants one of which was William Morris the famous architect, designer, poet and revolutionary. He used the tower as a holiday retreat together with his friends Edward Burne-Jones and Rosetti. It was from Broadway Tower that significant letters were written by Morris leading to the founding of the society for the preservation of historic houses and monuments.

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