History 2017-07-05T11:32:46+00:00

History of Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds

Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798.

The location for the Tower was wisely chosen, a dramatic outlook on a pre-medieval trading route and beacon hill.

Wyatt designed his “Saxon Tower” as an eccentric amalgamation of architectural components ranging from turrets, battlements and gargoyles to balconies.

Exhibitions at Broadway Tower

Broadway Tower houses exhibitions on three floors about the history of its occupants and colourful past. Enjoy a leisurely climb of the Tower in manageable stages.

See examples of the work of William Morris and understand the link between the Tower and the Arts and Crafts movement before ascending to an exhibition of the Royal Observer Corps and learn how the post situated 70 yards from the Tower was used in World War Two and the Cold War.

Crown your visit with breath-taking views from the roof platform.

Sir Thomas Phillips and William Morris at The Tower

Throughout the centuries, Broadway Tower has always inspired and with this inspiration came a large number of uses. One example is as home to the printing press of Sir Thomas Phillips, perhaps the greatest collector of manuscripts and books in history.

Members of the Arts and Crafts movement used Broadway Tower as a holiday retreat. Pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones were frequent visitors.  Indeed it was whilst staying at Broadway Tower that William Morris started his campaign for the preservation of historic monuments.

Deer at the Tower

A unique opportunity to meet the Broadway Tower herd of Red Deer under the expert guidance of our Head of Deer Park, Lewis Potter.

3.00 pm:   23rd July 2017  

                     27th August 2017

Admission free of charge

Lewis is a recognised authority on deer husbandry and preservation. Furthermore, he is an accomplished gunsmith and expert on black powder fire arms. He has published numerous books and expert articles on the matter and is prepared to share his knowledge on deer and wildlife protection with our visitors.

The Royal Observer Corps at The Tower

The Royal Observer Corps used the unique vantage point to track enemy planes over England during the world wars of the 20th Century and later constructed a nuclear bunker to report nuclear attacks during the “Cold War”.

The uses of Broadway Tower over the years were so varied and numerous that graphic displays on three floors have been dedicated to the colourful past of the building.