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The Broadway Tower (the highest point
in the Cotswolds) 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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