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Saturday, 07 April 2007
Leith Hill Tower

Leith Hill Tower

Traveller! in order that thou mayest see in all directions the beauty of the earth, this tower, ivisible from afar, was erected by Richard Hull, Esq., of Leith Hill Place, in the reign of George III, 1765, as a delight not only to myself, but also to my neighbours and to all.

These are the words of Richard Hull who completed construction of this tower in 1765 using local stone and labour. It then consisted of two rooms and sported a telescope.  A modern telescope can now be found at the top of the (restored and extended) tower from which (on a clear day) one can view central London (St Paul’s Cathedral) and France across the English Channel.  Leith Hill, at 294 metres (over 1000 feet) above sea level, is the highest point in the Surrey Hills Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.

Unfortunately a clear day is a rare day. I suspect that all the clear days are in winter when Leith Hill Tower is closed.

Posted by bigblue on 07/04/2007 at 10:45 AM
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