Cotswold Decorative Ironworkers has recently completed a significant fencing project at Broadway Tower, the privately owned country park in the heart of the Cotswolds which was the brainchild of the 18th Century landscape designer Capability Brown. The Tower, completed in 1798, enjoys a dramatic outlook on a beacon hill and attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year.
The estate is home to a herd of Red Deer managed by author and wildlife expert Lewis Potter. Sections of the estate boundaries needed replacing with fencing and CDI management was commissioned to work with the head of the deer park by the owner Annette Gorton to replace existing fencing where required.
Hughie Powell, managing director of CDI, which is based at Stourton in Warwickshire, told Fencing News: “We replaced existing fencing and supplied just over 200 metres of galvanised and painted Deer Park and Cheshire style curved top fencing, along several field and estate gates, corner and end posts with cast iron finials, and kissing gates with self-closing hinges.
“Much of this commission required intricate bespoke work by our team of craftsmen which is one of our areas of specialisation, for which we are well known. Examples of our work can be seen on many public estates in the United Kingdom such as Oxford Castle. The end result of the Broadway Tower project is aesthetically pleasing and blends well with the panorama of the surroundings. On clear days you can see across several counties in all directions.”
The Tower itself is well known for its exhibitions on three floors featuring the work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Members of the Arts and Crafts movement used Broadway Tower as a holiday retreat.
Pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones were frequent visitors. It was whilst staying at Broadway Tower that William Morris started his campaign for the preservation of historic monuments.
There’s also an exhibition of the Royal Observer Corps at Broadway Tower. The Corps was based at the Tower in World War Two, as it was regarded as a unique vantage point to track enemy planes over England.
Later in the 20th century Broadway Tower was also considered the suitable site for a nuclear bunker to be used to report nuclear attack during the “Cold War”. This is also open to the public at certain times of year.