Friday, 27 December 2019

PAXTON'S TOWERING GESTURE

Paxton's Proud Tower


PAXTON’S TOWER 
After Dryslwyn Castle we descended to the nearby village of Llanarthney. Desperate for a pint and a bag of crisps we entered the pub and quickly departed, as it was a no dogs allowed establishment. Their loss we grumbly agreed.

Oh well, we drove a few miles and up a steep hill to Paxton’s Tower. The sun was still bright in the early afternoon. All three of us bundled out of the car and walked up to this wonderful folly. Views again, in every direction. On a really, really clear day you can see Devon from the top of the tower.

So, again this part of Carmarthenshire, shared two treasures, God Bless Wales. 

A NOTE FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST (thank you) 
Perched on a hill above the village of Llanarthne, Paxton’s Tower looks out on the Towy Valley. Built over 200 years ago, the majestic tower is in fact a folly designed to commemorate Nelson and impress the people of the valley.

The tower was built around 1805 by Sir William Paxton, owner of Middleton Hall, where the National Botanic Gardens of Wales are today. Paxton was a friend of Lord Nelson and wanted to commemorate his victories, so had the tower built in his honour. 

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