Scrabo Tower near Newtownards :: Shared Description

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.
by Rossographer
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J5073 : Sea defences, Newtownards (4) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower by Rossographer
J4773 : Field gates, Scrabo, Newtownards (February 2015) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower from Scrabo Road by Eric Jones
J4772 : Whins at Scrabo near Newtownards by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower near Newtownards (6) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower near Newtownards by Albert Bridge
J4973 : The Castlebawn roundabout, Newtownards (1) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower near Newtownards (5) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : The towering Scrabo Tower by Eric Jones
J4875 : The Mountain Road, Newtownards (2) by Albert Bridge
J4771 : Field gates, Scrabo, Newtownards - May 2015(2) by Albert Bridge
J4872 : Playing fields, West Winds, Newtownards by Albert Bridge
J4773 : Path to Scrabo Tower, Newtownards (April 2015) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower by Rossographer
J4772 : Flowering whins below Scrabo Tower by Eric Jones
J4771 : The Moate Road, Newtownards (3) by Albert Bridge
J4871 : The Moate Road, Newtownards (2) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower and Hill, Newtownards (2) by Albert Bridge
J4773 : Detached house on the eastern slopes of Scrabo Hill by Eric Jones
J4774 : Kiltonga nature reserve, Newtownards (5) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower by Eric Jones
J4569 : Low drumlins, Comber by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo Tower near Newtownards (detail) (4) by Albert Bridge
J4772 : Scrabo snow scenes, Newtownards (5) by Albert Bridge

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Created: Mon, 30 Jul 2012, Updated: Mon, 30 Jul 2012

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