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Alfred's Tower, near Stourhead

Alfred's Tower, near Stourhead

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15547

Item number: f.120

Genre: Manuscript

Alfred's Tower, situated in the gardens of the Stourhead estate in Wiltshire, is one of the finest triangular folly towers in the country, designed in 1765 and completed in 1772 by Henry Flitcroft, an architect who favoured the Palladian style. At 160 feet high the tower was not just a garden ornament but a local landmark. The estate owner Henry Hoare, from the Hoare banking family, decided to build a tower dedicated to Alfred the Great after reading Voltaire's 'Histoire Generale'. It marks the spot where Alfred erected his standard against Danish invaders in AD 870.

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