J4772 : Scrabo Tower near Newtownards (6)

taken 13 years ago, 3 km from Newtownards, Northern Ireland

Scrabo Tower near Newtownards (6)
Scrabo Tower near Newtownards (6)
The upper floors of the tower. Although designed by Lanyonís practice it is said that the drawings were done by WH Lynn. Another point of interest is that the budgeted price was £2,000 but the final cost amounted to £3,010 (using a source on the internet, the 2008 equivalent of £3,010 in 1865 is appx £1.8 million). Whether all the extras were allowed is another matter but itís recorded that the contractor became insolvent. It might have cost even more had the tower been built as originally designed. One storey was removed from the plans to reduce costs.
Scrabo Tower near Newtownards

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.

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Monday, 13 July, 2009   (more nearby)
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Monday, 13 July, 2009
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Monument > Monument   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 477 726 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:34.8420N 5:42.9262W
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Irish: geotagged! J 477 726
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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