Richard's Photo Gallery - Booker's Tower

Beneath the lightning and the Moon
The dead men gave a groan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - The Ancient Mariner pt. v

Photo of Booker&squo;s Tower in Guilford Location Beech Lane, Guildford, Surrey
Date 1995 October 27th.
Lens 50mm F1.8
Expose 1/1000

Commissioned by Charles Booker (the Mayor of Guildford) and completed in 1839 this tower is built on the high ground which rises at the eastern end of the Hog's Back and was used by a Victorian scientist to investigate lightning.

The cemetery nearby contains the grave of Guildford resident and mathematician Revd. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), better known as Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass',

The Tower is not open to the public.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
  Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
  Such quantities of sand:
'If this were only cleared away,'
  They said, 'it would be grand!'

'If seven maids with seven mops
  Swept it for half a year,
Do you suppose,' the Walrus said,
  'That they could get it clear?'
'I doubt it,' said the Carpenter,
  And shed a bitter tear.


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