View Full Version : Paxton's Tower - July 09

Mole Man
31-07-2009, 07:14 PM
End of a day going round some castles in south Wales, we went to this folly.

Sometimes called Nelson`s Tower, this is a substantial folly Situated just outside of Llandeilo, the story behind this tower is that it was built in 1811 by Sir William Paxton, as proof to everyone that he was not bankrupt after running an unsuccessful election campaign in 1802. It is a Gothic Tower, Erected, in Commemoration of Lord Nelson and is a grand Ornament and Land Mark in the County. On the Ground Floor, Three Spacious Lofty Arches for the Admission of Carriages, On the Principal Story, A Banqueting Room, with Gothic Ceiling; A Boudoir and Closet, over which A Prospect Room or Observatory, with Turrets, Three of the Windows were fitted with Stained Glass, One Window representing his Lordship, the others emblematical of his Fate, From which there is a Panoramic View, of a grandeur and extent that may justly be said to stand unrivalled. On the upper Part a Lead Flat, and Two Entrance Lodges.

A view from across the valley:


On the way up to the Tower:


A few pictures from the outside:




And two from inside on the first floor:



And thatís about it, thanks for looking.

31-07-2009, 07:25 PM
Nice one. Saw this a few weeks ago when I went to Wales but it was raining. I love the first two shots, very nice.

01-08-2009, 08:09 AM
Lovely....my brother in law has a cottage nearby. Did you see the Golden Grove pub. its right next to that. Either way...gorgeous place. If you looked around there, I saw plnty of ruins.

Mole Man
01-08-2009, 03:39 PM
Did not see the pub but then I was not looking for it, also went to the two castles just north east of this place Dryslwyn and Dinefwr the same afternoon, very nice half day out.