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Beckfordís Tower was designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge in 1825 and completed in 1827 for William Beckford (1760-1844), one of the nationís most accomplished and interesting characters (that you've probably never heard of!)

Apparently Beckford, at the age of ten inherited a fortune consisting of £1 million in cash and several sugar plantations in Jamaica from his father William Beckford, who had been twice a Lord Mayor of the City of London. According to various accounts, Beckford knew how to spend money, since at his death he left only £80,000 of his capital!

Among his notable talents, he was a novelist, a profligate and consummately knowledgeable art collector, a patron of the decorative arts, a critic, a travel writer and sometime politician - Member of Parliament for Wells AND reputed to be the richest commoner in England. Oh and not forgetting also, he was briefly trained in music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!!!

The 120-foot neo-classical Tower, which enjoys splendid views across the countryside, was constructed as a study retreat and to house Beckfordís precious collection of art and rare books. This view is of the spiral staircase, which leads up the tower to the belvedere at the top of the tower.

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Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-35
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Beckford's Tower
Username:DiegoDesigns DiegoDesigns
Uploaded:20 Jan 2010 - 11:00 AM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, Landscape / travel
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francisg
francisg  10703 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 11:08 AM

nice Composition and the Black and White presentation works well.

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 11:27 AM

Beautiful capture and perfect composition.

Andy

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edsephiroth
20 Jan 2010 - 11:31 AM

Ah, I have been to the graveyard, but not inside the tower - very nice.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 11:32 AM

Reminds me of one of those huge snail fossils! Superb mono Dave - interesting facts too Smile

Sarah *

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marco_delvalle1
20 Jan 2010 - 11:54 AM

Amazing geometry
Marco

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 81873 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 12:00 PM

An optical thing going on here Dave - you are looking down the staircase - but if you look long enough the centre appears to rise up towards the viewer. Or is it just me.Smile! ! Mono is good.
Brian.

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 12:00 PM

Really well composed image.

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Munch_66
Munch_66  4 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 - 1:02 PM

Superb mono. Very well composed.

Andrew

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
20 Jan 2010 - 4:42 PM

Strong image< a beautyful BW.
cor

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 5:05 PM

I really enjoy this spiral, lovely architectural shot.
Barbara

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DaveMead
DaveMead  4 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 6:35 PM

A great image.
Dave

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DiegoDesigns
20 Jan 2010 - 7:49 PM

Many thanks for all the kind words of support on this one. Actually Brian, the view is upwards from the bottom to the top! Cheers everyone.

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DaisyD50
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20 Jan 2010 - 8:11 PM

Superb image and excellent converted.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 81873 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 8:22 PM

It was just me then Dave - it does play tricks on the eye if you stare at it.Smile
Brian.

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 8:50 PM

Nice one Diego! Looks great in b/w.
Glad to be 30!
Tony

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Morgs
Morgs  5 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2010 - 9:52 PM

Great shot from inside this lovely tower. Nice write up too.

Dave

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 12:28 AM

Coiled up and ready to spring, bursting with kinetic energy.

Eric

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DiegoDesigns
21 Jan 2010 - 10:05 AM

Many thanks to Daisy, Brian, tony, Dave & Eric for their feedback. Perhaps a bit more water with it Brian! Cheers all...

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davidhu
davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 4:32 PM

Super shot Dave, the lines fill the frame nicely. Mono is a good choice too.
Dave

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DiegoDesigns
21 Jan 2010 - 4:59 PM

Thanks Dave, I think this was the best part of the visit. The rest of the place is quite dull really. The graveyard next to it has more life!

Dave

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2010 - 6:09 PM

excellent !

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DiegoDesigns
25 Jan 2010 - 10:30 AM

Many thanks Ollie, glad you liked it... Dave

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clicknimagine
27 Jan 2010 - 1:04 PM

10/10 from me, a perfect fibonacci spiral, superb tones too...

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DiegoDesigns
27 Jan 2010 - 3:49 PM

Many thanks for that Rahul, praise indeed.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2010 - 10:36 PM

I love the visual ambiguity in this. For a moment, you can't quite tell if you're looking up or down, and you have to work it out from the position of the handrails. Smile

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DiegoDesigns
31 Jan 2010 - 10:37 AM

Thanks David for the feedback, I'm pleased you liked it.

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