The fake Broadway Tower in England

To be honest this is half true in the sense that this is a real building, a real tower built in the English countryside. The fiction lies in the purpose for which it was made. The Broadway Tower in England served no military purpose, there was no threat of invasion, no way to check, only an aesthetic fiction, taste for the Norman architect and a bet.

Broadway Tower hill

Broadway Tower hill

Broadway Tower Log

Broadway Tower Log

It was in 1794 when the hill was one of the many hills in England where every so often for special occasions people gathered to light a fire lookout and do a little revelry. On one of these occasions Lady Coventry wondered if her home which was nearly 35 km away, could see a watchtower built on that hill.

Broadway Tower in the distance

Broadway Tower in the distance

Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower

The famous architect James Wyatt answered her He didn’t know but that there was only one way to find out. So five years later when the tower was finished building, the question of the Lady finally found its answer. Yes you could see the tower from her house.

Broadway Tower View

Broadway Tower View

Broadway Tower at Night

Broadway Tower at Night

The building was constructed in real mock Norman style and is now called the tower of Broadway in Worcestershire and has long been home to many British artists. Now, in addition to being a tourist attraction, it is used as an exhibition venue for temporary exhibitions. Broadway is located 90 kilometers north west of London and 40 from Oxford.

Broadway Tower in the snow

Broadway Tower in the snow

While near London you may also want to check: Ideas for family days out in London, Holidays in the UK countryside.

Broadway Tower photos: sparkleshots, Goldeneye Guides, Frosted Peppercorn, Mr ATM, rl19728.

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