TQ1343 : Stairs at Leith Hill Tower

taken 8 years ago, near to Coldharbour, Surrey, Great Britain

Stairs at Leith Hill Tower
Stairs at Leith Hill Tower
The spiral staircase travels downwards clockwise, perhaps as a sign of friendliness, as defensive towers were built anti-clockwise so as to be able to defend ones self with a sword in the right hand coming down the stairs.
Leith Hill Tower
At 294 metres above sea level at its base, Leith Hill Tower is the highest point in the South East of England. On a clear day there are views to the English Channel and thirteen counties.

The main tower was built in the 1765-6, and the stair tower in 1864. The spiral staircase travels clockwise, perhaps as a sign of friendliness, as defensive towers were built anti-clockwise so as to be able to defend ones self with a sword in the right hand coming down the stairs.

The Grade II listed ( LinkExternal link ) tower has been owned by the National Trust since 1923.

National Trust
A National Trust is an organization dedicated to preserving the cultural or environmental treasures of a particular geographic region. They generally operate as private non-profit organizations, although some receive considerable support from their national government. The first such organization was the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, which is the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, formed in 1895 and operating as a charitable organisation.

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TQ1343, 108 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 27 September, 2009
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Primary Subject of Photo
Stairs 
Category
Spiral staircase   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1394 4316 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:10.5800N 0:22.2849W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1394 4316
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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