Why Ellie Harrison and Countryfile were at Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds

Broadway Tower, one of the Cotswold’s most popular destinations, was featured on Countryfile on BBC1 on Sunday, August 9th. Broadway Tower, built in 1798, was the vision of Capability Brown and was completed with the help of local Architect James Wyatt for George William the 6th. Earl of Coventry who lived at Croome Court near Pershore. To alleviate his new bride’s homesickness, Lady Coventry, a bonfire on the beacon hill at the top of the escarpment was lit so she could see her home 20 miles away in Worcestershire. The tower was built on that site to appease her.   The 65ft tall tower stands majestically at the top of Fish Hill overlooking Broadway, the Vale of Evesham, and beyond commanding stunning views over 13 counties, and on a clear day, one can see 60 miles.  In 1827 Broadway Tower was converted into a residence in which a number of notable people have stayed amongst whom were William Morris, Edward Burne Jones, and Dante Gabriel Jones the Poet. Countryfile is available on i-player for those who missed the original screening.