Broadway Tower Country Park on the edge of the Cotswolds

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The Broadway Tower Country Park features this tower, built by Lady Coventry in 1797. From the observation room you can see (apparently) 12 counties. One probably can, as this is right on the Cotswolds escarpment edge, and at 1024 feet, it is the highest point in the Cotswolds.

The tower itself is a folly, designed as a mock castle by James Wyatt, the architect.The legend is that the hill was a traditional "beacon" hill, that used to be points all over England that could be used to light beacons to communicate special events. Lady Coventry apparently wondered if the beacon could be seen from their house in Worcester, and persuaded her husband to build the folly, when a test beacon showed that they could in fact see it clearly

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