ST1832 : Summit of Cothelstone Hill

taken 11 years ago, near to Cothelstone, Somerset, Great Britain

Summit of Cothelstone Hill
Summit of Cothelstone Hill
At 332 metres above sea level, and into this square by a few metres.

From LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) , which itself takes the quotes from different sources: "A tower was erected on Cothelstone Hill between 1768 and 1780 by Lady Hillsborough, the owner of the estate, for the purpose of viewing the surrounding country. It was destroyed a few years prior to 1919.

"The site of the tower is marked by a circular mound, but only the footings survive.

"Ruined masonry on perhaps what was a sepulchral cairn.

"Mound 11m diameter and 1.25m high. Site of folly until 1910. Some masonry survives. Stone slabs in mortar with stone dressings. Some erosion of the mound around the upstanding masonry".

As recently as 1958, Pevsner ("South & West Somerset") described the tower as "a ruin", but it is clearly a lot less than that now.

The hill offers excellent views; to the northwest here is Lydeard Hill, the next significant summit along the Quantock ridge.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 24 January, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 30 January, 2009
Category
Site of former building   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 1899 3267 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:5.2561N 3:9.4817W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 1899 3267
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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