Ahead of opening for a new season on 5 March, Stourhead is searching for a team of volunteers to help open the newly restored King Alfred’s Tower to visitors.
King Alfred’s Tower is a triangular 160ft folly located about two miles from Stourhead’s Palladian house and famous 18th century landscape garden. It was built on the site where King Alfred is believed to have rallied his troops before going on to defeat the Danes at the Battle of Ethundon (Edington) in Wiltshire in May 878.
A funding award of £96,000 was given to the National Trust for the restoration of the tower by Viridor Credits Environmental Company after they were shown the huge public affection for the building on the Stourhead Facebook page. Following the completion of the project, Stourhead are now looking for a team of volunteers to help open it to the public at weekends and on Bank Holidays.
‘King Alfred’s Tower is such a special place for so many people,’ said Leanne Clements, Visitor and Volunteer Experience Manager. ‘We know that the tower holds wonderful memories for so many, and we are searching for more volunteers to help us continue to open it so that so more visitors can enjoy the place and even more memories can be created.’
The tower is an imposing Grade I listed monument and has become a welcome landmark for many traveling across the country. It sees over 7,000 visitors annually including families, dog walkers, hikers and horse riders, exploring the Wiltshire wildlife and countryside.
It was designed by Henry Flitcroft for Henry Hoare II in the 1760s, is 49m high and made from 1.2million bricks. From the top of the tower, visitors are rewarded with far reaching views over the three counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, and Somerset.
For further information on volunteering opportunities at Stourhead including the Keeper of the Tower role, please contact Jean Nimmo, Volunteer Co-ordinator or 01747 841152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.