ST1587 : The leaning tower of Caerphilly

taken 4 years ago, near to Caerphilly, Caerphilly/Caerffili, Great Britain

The leaning tower of Caerphilly
The leaning tower of Caerphilly, taken 4 years ago
The south-east tower was supposedly slighted by Parliamentarian forces in 1648 during the English Civil War, that is, blown up with explosives, intending to demolish it and render it un-useable militarily again by Royalist forces. Though it could have been an explosion or fire in their stores that caused this severe structural damage. Some say it results from subsidence, possibly caused by coal mining deep underground here since the 1800's.

Whatever the cause it is quite a lean out of true. The tower is 20 metres high and leans 3 metres outwards. Just 90 cms short of the lean claimed by the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, which is some 50m high.

It's great for some amusing photo opportunities with family or friends.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 7 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 8 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 1556 8703 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.5472N 3:13.1936W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 1556 8703
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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