• Alfred's Tower, Stourhead, England

    Image ID
    FOT631618
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    6.6 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    4272 x 2848 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    362 x 241 mm
    14.2 x 9.5 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Alfred's Tower Folly Architecture building aerial Stourton Stourhead Wiltshire England trees wood forest
    Description
    Alfred's tower is a folly conceived in 1762 by the banker Henry Hoare II (1705-1785), owner of Stourhead and creator of its famous garden, known to his family as 'the Magnificent'. The tower was intended to commemorate the end of the Seven Years War against France and the accession of King George III, and supposedly stands near the location of 'Egbert's stone' where it is believed that Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, rallied the Saxons in May 878 before the important Battle of Ethandun (now Edington, south-east of Trowbridge) where the Danish army was defeated. The tower was designed in 1765 by Henry Flitcroft, the notable 18th century Palladian architect, and despite the inspiration from St Mark's Tower in Venice, this tower is rather different. Building began in 1769 or early 1770, and was completed in 1772 at an estimated cost of between £5,000 and £6,000. In April 1770, when the tower was just 15 feet high, Hoare is quoted as saying: 'I hope it will be finished in as happy Times to this Isle as Alfred finished his Life of Glory in then I shall depart in peace.'
    Uploader
    Leo Marriott
    Contributor
    Leo Marriott
    Date Taken
    2009-03-16
    Uploaded on
    2009-11-03
    Collection
    Aerial Photographs
    Category
    Architecture
    Sub Category
    Follies
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Below camera
    Dominant colour
    #504040