SY9297 : Tower with undertones of one-upmanship

taken 14 years ago, near to Almer, Dorset, Great Britain

Tower with undertones of one-upmanship
Tower with undertones of one-upmanship
John Drax, owner of the Charborough estate, seemed to gain enjoyment from publicising his victories. This is the tower which was built by his predecessor, at whom he has a little dig in the inscription which tells the rest of the tower's story:
"This tower was built by Edward Drax, Esquire, in the year 1790, during the short time he was the possessor of Charborough. It was struck by lightning on the 29th November 1838, which so damaged it that it became necessary to take down the greater part. It was rebuilt in 1839 by John Samuel Wanley Sawbridge Erle Drax Esquire who carried it forty feet higher than it was originally built, making the present height upward of one hundred feet."

Further along the road, at East Almer Lodge, Drax erected another plaque [not pictured on this site but watch this space], this time having a pop at a James Farquharson who unsuccessfully appealed against Drax's application to have the road diverted past the estate: "This road was closed by order of the Magistrates, which was appealed against by James John Farquharson Esq. at the Epiphany Quarter Sessions held at Dorchester Janry 4th 1841 and after a trial of three days the order was confirmed by the order of Twelve Honest Jurymen."
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SY9297, 25 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
2004   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 24 July, 2007
Category
Tower   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 929 975 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:46.6599N 2:6.0899W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 928 976
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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