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Beckford's Tower

By DiegoDesigns
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.

Just in case you missed it, here's yesterday's makeover . Thanks for looking.

Tags: Architecture Black and white Landscape and travel

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francisg 13 705 1 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 11:08AM
nice Composition and the Black and White presentation works well.

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andy_AHG 8 106 6 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 11:27AM
Beautiful capture and perfect composition.

edsephiroth 11 169 9 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 11:31AM
Ah, I have been to the graveyard, but not inside the tower - very nice.
Sezz 12 617 15 England
20 Jan 2010 11:32AM
Reminds me of one of those huge snail fossils! Superb mono Dave - interesting facts too Smile

Sarah *
20 Jan 2010 11:54AM
Amazing geometry
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
20 Jan 2010 12:00PM
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.
20 Jan 2010 12:00PM
Really well composed image.
Munch_66 8 19 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 1:02PM
Superb mono. Very well composed.

Cor 8 Belgium
20 Jan 2010 4:42PM
Strong image< a beautyful BW.
baclark 8 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 5:05PM
I really enjoy this spiral, lovely architectural shot.
DaveMead 8 23 14 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 6:35PM
A great image.
DiegoDesigns 11 117 6 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 7:49PM
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.
DaisyD50 11 3
20 Jan 2010 8:11PM
Superb image and excellent converted.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
20 Jan 2010 8:22PM
It was just me then Dave - it does play tricks on the eye if you stare at it.Smile
tony64 13 204 9 England
20 Jan 2010 8:50PM
Nice one Diego! Looks great in b/w.
Glad to be 30!
Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
20 Jan 2010 9:52PM
Great shot from inside this lovely tower. Nice write up too.

BlueRoom 11 73 20 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 12:28AM
Coiled up and ready to spring, bursting with kinetic energy.

DiegoDesigns 11 117 6 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 10:05AM
Many thanks to Daisy, Brian, tony, Dave & Eric for their feedback. Perhaps a bit more water with it Brian! Cheers all...
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 4:32PM
Super shot Dave, the lines fill the frame nicely. Mono is a good choice too.
DiegoDesigns 11 117 6 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 4:59PM
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!

bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
24 Jan 2010 6:09PM
excellent !
DiegoDesigns 11 117 6 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 10:30AM
Many thanks Ollie, glad you liked it... Dave
clicknimagine 7 221 88
27 Jan 2010 1:04PM
10/10 from me, a perfect fibonacci spiral, superb tones too...
DiegoDesigns 11 117 6 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2010 3:49PM
Many thanks for that Rahul, praise indeed.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 10:36PM
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
DiegoDesigns 11 117 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 10:37AM
Thanks David for the feedback, I'm pleased you liked it.

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