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These are pictures that I couldn't find room for elsewhere on this site.  If you have any good or interesting photos of the tower or its surroundings please feel free to submit them for inclusion (use the feedback form to contact us).

  King Alfred's Tower   "King Alfred's Tower, Stourton, 1872"
An albumen photograph taken in 1872 by Captain Astley Terry of the Army Service Corps. (pictured right)
Captain Astley Terry
Stourton Tower "Stourton Tower"
Monochrome postcard franked at Mere on 28th August 1907.
  Stourton Tower   "Stourton Tower"
A sepia postcard of unknown date, photographed and published by R. Wilkinson & Co., Trowbridge
The image is very similar to the coloured postcard below, and they probably originate from the same photograph.  This one appears to have been retouched by hand to accentuate the shadows around the gothic arch of the door, and around the inscription.
  Stourton Tower   "Stourton Tower"
A coloured postcard franked at Warminster on 1st May 1905, photographed and published by R. Wilkinson & Co., Trowbridge
Stourton Tower "Stourton Tower"
A coloured postcard of unknown date, published by R. Wilkinson & Co., Trowbridge.  This card is has not been posted, but the reverse states that a half-penny stamp must be used.
Stourton Tower "Stourton Tower - Alfred the Great A.D. 879, on this summit, is supposed to hove [sic] erected his Standard against the Danish invaders.  Height of Tower 150 ft."
Another variation of this coloured postcard published by R. Wilkinson & Co., Trowbridge, this one with careless proof-reading.
Stourton Tower "Stourton Tower - Alfred the Great is supposed to have erected his Standard against the Danish invaders on this summit. A.D. 879.  The Tower is 150 feet high."
Yet another coloured postcard published by R. Wilkinson & Co., Trowbridge.  This photograph is identical to the one above, although the sky appears to have been retouched by a different artist.  Franked at Gillingham, Dorset on 14th July 1910.
Foxhounds at Alfred's Tower "Meet of the South and West Wilts. Foxhounds, Alfred's Tower, Stourhead"
A postcard franked at Trowbridge on the 5th July 1906.
Foxhounds at Alfred's Tower "Meet of the South and West Wilts. Foxhounds, Alfred's Tower, Stourhead"
This postcard has the same photograph as the one above, but was franked 8 years later at Castle Cary on the 19th November 1914.
Stourton Tower "Stourton Tower"
A coloured postcard of unknown date.  Published by Charles Johnson, photographer, Gillingham, and marked 'Printed at works in Saxony', which means it was published prior to 1918, the kingdom of Saxony having disappeared from the maps at the end of the First World War (although the name has reappeared in 1990 as a result of Germany's reunification).
Stourton Tower "Stourton Tower - Alfred the Great is supposed to have erected his Standard against the Danish invaders on this summit. A.D. 879.  The Tower is 150 ft. high."
A postcard franked at Stourton & Zeals on the 5th September 1918.  Yet another postcard published by R. Wilkinson & Co., Trowbridge.  Unlike the other Wilkinson cards above, which were printed in Belgium, this one was printed in England.
King Alfred's Tower "King Alfred Tower, Stourton, Frome"
An unfranked postcard with the date July 11, 1925 written on the reverse.
King Alfred's Tower "King Alfred's Tower, Stourhead"
An unfranked postcard from 'RW Graphic Studio, Frome'.
King Alfred's Tower "King Alfred's Tower, Stourhead"
An unfranked postcard of unknown date.
King Alfred's Tower "King Alfred's Tower"
Photograph from George Sweetman's Guide to Stourhead, Wilts., from the 3rd edition published in 1913.  This same photograph also appears on a postcard published by 'Photochrom Co. Ltd, London' postmarked in Bruton in 1916.
  Stourhead   "Stourhead"
An unfranked postcard, dated by a postcard expert as between the late 1920s and 1932.
 
  Stourton Tower   "Stourton Tower"
An unfranked postcard, believed to date from the 1930s.
  King Alfred's Tower from Windmill Hill, Wincanton   "King Alfred's Tower from Windmill Hill, Wincanton"
A photo postcard of unknown date, showing the tower in the distance (I've annotated it with a red arrow).
  Stourhead   "Stourhead"
An unfranked postcard, date and publisher unknown (although the intact turret cone indicates that it pre-dates the 1944 plane crash).
King Alfred's Tower "King Alfred's Tower, Stourton, Nr. Wincanton"
A colour postcard franked at Templecombe, Somerset on 15th July 1953.
King Alfred's Tower "King Alfred's Tower, Stourton"
An undated monchrome postcard showing scaffolding and a long ladder for the brickwork repair to the southeast corner of the tower.
  Top of the tower   The top of the tower, showing the railings around the central void at bottom left, and the western turret (which is closed to the public).
  Alfred's Tower   "Alfred's Tower"
Monochrome photograph, copyright © Wiltshire County Council Historic Photograph Collection.  Photographer Iris Hardwick.
Reproduced here with permission.
  King Alfred's Tower   "King Alfred's Tower, Brewham"
Monochrome photograph from the National Monuments Record.  Photographer and date unknown, but believed to have been taken in the early 1940s.
Reproduced by permission of English Heritage NMR under licence 1653.  (Negative reference BB74/3749).
Alfred's Tower "Alfred's Tower"
Monochrome photograph taken in the 1960s by the travel writer Christopher Trent, author of such books as Motoring on English Byways, Changing Face of England, and Looking at Buildings.
  Aerial photo of Alfred's Tower   Monochrome aerial photograph dated 12th July 1993.
© Crown copyright. NMR. Reproduced under licence 1653. (Film and frame no. NMR 4850/28).
  Aerial photo of Alfred's Tower   Aerial photograph dated 12th July 1993.
© Crown copyright. NMR. Reproduced under licence 1653. (Film and frame no. NMR 14957/31).
  Aerial photo of Alfred's Tower   Monochrome aerial photograph dated 18th September 1978.
© Crown copyright. NMR. Reproduced under licence 1653. (Film and frame no. NMR 1314/127).
Snowman Christmas card from Stourhead Estate Office, December 2001.
Alfred's Tower Door Knocker Brass door knocker at a house in Stourton, depicting Alfred's Tower.  Believed to date from around 1910, it is 12cm (4½ inches) high, and bears the legend 'STOURTON TOWER, AD 879 ALFRED THE GREAT'.

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