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This picture copyright Armin GreweAcknowledgements

  • My thanks to Armin Grewe, whose pictures of his visit to King Alfred's Tower have been reproduced here with his permission.  His website can be seen at
  • Thanks also to Phil Tuck, who runs the Follies and Monuments website, for his permission to reproduce the picture of the tower on the front page of this site.
  • My thanks to Pete Harlow, who owns the copyright of two of the images on this site, for his permission to reproduce them here. You can visit his website at
  • Many thanks to Guy Jefferson MBE, who researched and wrote the history of Zeals Airfield, and gave permission for his work to be reproduced on this site.  His website is at
  • My thanks to Antony Evans of Stourton who conducted invaluable research to assist this site.
  • The English Heritage staff at the National Monuments Record public search room have been extremely helpful and encouraging about this project during my several visits.  My thanks to them for waiving the licence fee for reproducing several of their photographs here.
  • Thanks to Josef Holzbecher of the architects Bowerbank, Brett, & Lacey for his kind help in directing my research on the Convent.
  • Thanks also to Professor Simon Keynes of Trinity College, Cambridge for contacting this website to provide a welcome and fascinating insight into the cult of King Alfred, and the Alfredian aspect of the tower.
  • Thank you to Wiltshire County Council for permission to reproduce a photo from their Historic Photograph Collection on the Gallery page, and for waiving their usual reproduction charge.
  • I am grateful to Adrian Walding, who created the spiral staircase logo that appears at the top of each page, and to my son Matt who created the page titles.
  • Finally a big thank you to those who provided many of the old photographs and postcards which are reproduced on the Gallery page.


  • Guide to Stourhead, Wilts by George Sweetman. (3rd edition, 1913; 5th edition, 1925; 6th edition, 1930)
  • The Stourhead Landscape by Kenneth Woodbridge.  The National Trust, 1982.
  • The Buildings of England by Nikolaus Pevsner.  Penguin Books 1963.
  • The Ancient History of Wiltshire by Sir Richard Colt Hoare.  William Miller, London, 1812.
  • The Registers of Stourton from 1570 to 1800 edited by Rev. John Henry Ellis, M.A., Rector of Stourton, 1887.
  • Country Life magazine, 6th April 1901 and 11th June 1938.
  • Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Architects edited by Adolf K Placzek. The Free Press, 1982.
  • Bidcombe Hill: a rural and descriptive poem, to which is prefixed an essay on local poetry by Francis Skurray, London 1824.
  • The Cult of King Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon England, vol 28 by Simon Keynes. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • The World of Interiors magazine, February 1985 edition.  Pharos Publications Ltd (an associate company of Conde Nast Publications Ltd).
  • Dream Houses by Mary Gilliatt.  Conran Octopus Ltd, 1987.
  • This England magazine, Summer 1970 edition, published by This England Ltd.
  • Stourhead visitors' guide, published by Country Life Limited for the National Trust (1st edition, 1948; 2nd edition, 1951; 3rd edition, 1954; 6th edition, 1961; 7th edition, 1964; 8th edition, 1966; 9th edition, 1968).


  • English Heritage maintains and protects the historic environment of England.
  • Images of England is a project by the National Monuments Record to photograph each of the 370,000 listed buildings in England at the start of the 3rd millennium, and to make these images available on the Internet.
  • For a good attempt at defining what a folly actually is, visit the Follies, Grottoes, and Garden Buildings website (which also has a page devoted to King Alfred's Tower).
  • The Windows on Wiltshire's Heritage website is well worth a visit at
  • Pavilions of Splendour ( is Britain's first internet estate agency and heritage consultants, online since November 1994. It specialises almost exclusively in listed buildings, and their Architectural Heritage Web Pages have links to hundreds of organisations and people working in the architectural heritage and conservation fields.
  • Grahame Stovold has an interesting page about follies on his Odd Stuff website at
  • For a fascinating article on the historic development of brickwork, visit the building conservation website.
  • For the latest information on visiting King Alfred's Tower, visit the Stourhead page of the National Trust's website.

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