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Alfred's Tower

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Stourhead Circular November 2010

Alfred's Tower is one of the finest triangular folly towers in the country. It stands 160 feet high, sheer windowless brick and built for the view from the top. Designed in 1765, it was completed in 1772 on the spot where Alfred the Great erected his standard against Danish invaders in AD 870.
Henry Hoare had the idea of the tower in 1762 after reading about Alfred in Voltaire's "Histoire Generale".



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