J4872 : Playing fields, West Winds, Newtownards

taken 5 years ago, near to Newtownards, Northern Ireland

Playing fields, West Winds, Newtownards
Playing fields, West Winds, Newtownards
Playing fields, to the north of the West Winds estate, beside the Comber Road. Scrabo Tower and Hill dominate the background.
Scrabo Tower near Newtownards :: J4772
Designed by Charles Laynon, the tower was built in 1857 as a memorial to Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, who died in 1854.

The design for the tower was held as a competition, with a strict limit of cost set at 2000. Lanyon's effort only came fourth in the competition but his design was chosen as it fell within the required budget - in actual fact the 135 foot tower was to cost 3010 to complete.

The foundation stone was laid on March 6th 1857 in an elaborate ceremony attended by the new Marquess and Marchioness, the Bishop of Down and many of the county's gentry, preceded to the top of the hill by the Marquess's Highland piper. A jar was cemented into the foundations containing an inscribed scroll to the late Marquess, copies of local and national newspapers of the day, an Ordnance Survey map of County Down, coins of the realm and a list of 600 subscribers who contributed towards the cost of the tower - the list was headed by the Emperor Napoleon III of France.
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J4872, 38 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 16 December, 2013   (more nearby)
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Monday, 16 December, 2013
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure 
Place (from Tags)
Newtownards 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 487 725 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:34.7598N 5:42.0027W
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Irish: geotagged! J 488 725
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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West Winds (Newtownards)  Playing Fields  Goalposts 

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