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King Alfred's Tower

King Alfred's Tower or The Folly of King Alfred the Great is in the parish of Brewham, Somerset, and near Stourhead, Wiltshire, England. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade 1 listed building.

 

It stands near the location of 'Egbert's stone' where it is believed that Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, rallied the Saxons in May 878 before the important Battle of Ethandun (now Edington, south-east of Trowbridge) where the Danish army, led by Earl Guthrum was defeated.

 

The tower is 49 metres (161 ft) high, and is triangular in plan, with round projections at each of the three corners. One of these, furthest from the entrance door, has a spiral staircase within it by which visitors can climb the 205 steps to the top, where there is a platform with a crenellated parapet.

  

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Taken on August 24, 2008