Broadway Tower is a folly overlooking the village of Broadway in Worcestershire. The base is 312 meters (1,024 feet) above sea level, and the actual tower is 17 metres (55 feet) high. It was built in 1794.
Sir Thomas Phillipps once housed his printing press there, and it was also used as a retreat by the artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones who lived there in the 1880s.
Today, the tower is a tourist attraction and the centre of a country park with various exhibitions open to the public.
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.
Throughout the centuries, Broadway Tower has always inspired and with this inspiration came a large number of uses, such as home to the printing press of Sir Thomas Phillips, perhaps the greatest collector of manuscripts and books in history.