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Paxton's Tower (also known as Nelson's Tower)

Introduction

Paxton's Tower is a three-storey tower built in military gothic style. It was set in grassland and approached by a carriage drive. By 1831 a small lodge was built south-west of the tower.

Visitor Facilities

The access to the tower is across a steep field and is not really suitable for wheelchairs.
Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

The tower is open daily and admission is free.

Directions

The car park is at the south-west corner of the site. It is signposted from the B4300 Capel Dewi to Llanarthney road.

Owners

National Trust

Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA
History

The sale catalogue of Middleton Hall in 1824 reads:

'A Gothic Tower, Erected by the late liberal-minded Possessor, in Commemoration of our Noble Hero, Lord Nelson; A grand Ornament and Land Mark in the County. On the Ground Floor, Three Spacious Lofty Arches for the Admission of Carriages, On the Principal Story, A Banqueting Room, with Gothic Ceiling; A Boudoir and Closet, over which A Prospect Room or Observatory, with Turrets, Three of the Windows are fitted with Stained Glass, One Window representing his Lordship, the others emblematical of his Fate, From which there is a Panoramic View, of a grandeur and extent that may justly be said to stand unrivalled. On the upper Part a Lead Flat, and Two Entrance Lodges.'

Associated People
Features & Designations

Designations

  • CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales

  • Reference: PGW (Dy) 49 (CAM)
  • Grade: II*
  • CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales

  • Reference: Paxton's Tower
  • Grade: II*
  • CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales

  • Reference: Tower Lodge
  • Grade: II
Key Information

Purpose

Commemorative

Survival

Extant

Hectares

5

Open to the public

Yes

References

References