Monday, 21 September 2009

Beckford Tower

In Bath, 2008, I visited Beckford Tower one day on a whim and learned something interesting about the street I walked along every day to uni. The tower itself stands a couple of miles outside town, up one side of the valley. The original building was linked by a track to a house much closer to the town centre (a house I passed every day). It turned out that William Beckford had lived there, having conjoined two houses with a private walkway corridor (which, today, over-arches the entrance to the car park). Here are some images of the place; the tower is accompanied by a graveyard for friends and relatives of Beckford, and, of course, himself.

The tourist’s obligatory arty staircase photo.

It’s difficult to appreciate it knowing it was paid for by slavery.

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