What's new with the Tower? Well...
To tie in with the official (re)opening of the Tower, I've finally got round to
scanning in my small collection of vintage picture
postcards. Go see how it used to look.
24 May 2004
One 16th century folly tower now available as a holiday destination through the
Landmark Trust — check out its availability on their
Freston Tower featured on another local television programme — Maxwell's
Hidden Treasures on Anglia TV. Didn't see this myself, I confess, but a friend
was good enough to send me a text message about ten minutes after it ended!
Scaffolding (see below) has finally gone! I wouldn't have known this except
for a very kind email from Sue, who lives at Freston, and who sent me a photo
showing the newly exposed Tower.
I took a trip out there late afternoon today on a sunny but bitterly cold day
and inevitably took a few snaps. Here's one:
It's still a construction site out there with a portaloo and two huts, and
the whole place is surrounded by metal fencing. However, very good to see all
six floors again and looking rather good too.
Received the new 2004 price list from the Landmark Trust which now includes the
Tower. Apparently it sleeps four (that's one and a half floors each, I reckon)
in a twin room and a double room, and includes "awkward stairs". You don't say.
A three-night stay ranges from £288 in late November up to £400
in the summer, so there you go.
Freston Tower becomes one of six buildings in the East of England added to the
newly compiled Buildings At Risk Register — see this
Tower, what Tower? I presume the Landmark Trust must have raised enough money
for the restoration, since there ain't nothing to see but scaffolding!
This could take a while.
In which a trip to the Tower turns nasty.
New Year's Eve, we all need some air, it's been snowing, so Dad takes the kids
for a stroll near a local landmark.
As you may have seen in me & the Tower, I was
contacted by an Anglia TV researcher in November 2000 about allowing access to
the Tower for filming.
A series was made called Riddles Of The River, presented by
Bryan McNerney, and
was broadcast in the Anglia television region in the early part of 2001.
Programme 2 featured the Orwell, including Pin Mill, Margaret Catchpole and of
course the Tower. I missed it, alas.
But, as I write in June 2001, it's apparently due to be repeated in July and
August, so I hope to catch it second time around.
I'd love to hear from you, by the way, if you've got anything to add about the
Tower and/or the village.