Alfred's Tower

Photograph taken 2011 Paul Brooker

 

CATEGORY - Tower BUILT - 1769-1772 CONDITION - Good
COUNTY - Somerset LOCALITY - Hardway  PUBLIC ACCESS - Yes

DESCRIPTION -

The project to build the tower was conceived in 1762 by the banker Henry Hoare II (1705-1785).The tower was also intended to commemorate the end of the Seven Years' War against France and the accession of King George III.
Alfred's Tower is a monument to the genius of English landscape, many of whose loveliest haunts it commands, and to a man who certainly deserves to be remembered as among the great benefactors of the English scene. -

The tower was designed in 1765 by Henry Flitcroft, the notable 18th century Palladian architect, and despite the inspiration from St Mark's Campanile 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 4.7 metres (15 ft) 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.'

The tower was damaged in 1944 when an aeroplane, a Noorduyn Norseman, crashed into it, resulting in the death of the five aircrew and damage to the highest 10 metres (33 ft).It was restored in 1986, which included the use of a Wessex helicopter to lower a 300 kilograms (47 st) stone onto the top. The statue of King Alfred was also restored at this time, including the replacement of his right forearm which was missing.

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS  Paul Brooker

 

 

EXTERNAL INTERNET LINKS -

www.alfredstower.info

POST CODE - BA10 0LB LAT  51.11459 LONG  -2.36488

BNG - ST745350

 

 
DATABASE No - 0006

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