Up High…….


On the Malvern Ridge.  Looking south to Herefordshire Beacon from Jubilee Hill.

A rocky but also tree covered ridge that sits on the divide between Worcestershire and Herefordshire

Enjoy your day whatever you have planned,  but….. 

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

12th October

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Picture Postcard Village


The Worcestershire village, built of glowing Cotswold Stone goes by the name of Broadway.  When I posted a blog about Broadway Tower a few weeks ago (https://davidoakes-images.com/2020/08/20/a-silent-signal/) It brought back a few memories of my first visit to Broadway village. It was back in the about 1963/4.  I had just been engaged to dash around the UK., to capture in colour the key Picture Postcard Holiday locations….  very necessary for the company I worked for, to replace their library of Black & White images.

Broadway village was one of the locations on the top of the list. When I took those shots on a big Technical Camera with a  very slow film speed of 8asa (iso)  the two things you wanted was sunshine and no traffic!  I was lucky and got some great shots.

I have visited Broadway on many occasions since but each time the village has been busier than ever.

But after visiting the Tower a few years ago, we dropped down from the heights to the village.  It was so quiet, totally unexpected…… so I couldn’t resist stopping to take some quick shots.

It has and hasn’t changed much over all those years.  It still retains the character of a Cotswold village , even when busy.  But it has become a very desirable residential village, several of the bow fronted shops are now homes.  As for shops.  Well there are of course the Tourist Shops which have flourished, but also the now compulsory Antiques Shops.

They do have  one quirky shop (it might not be there now) which I have always found rather strange and out of place …   an All Year Christmas Shop


Just as a further observation.  Back in the 60’s and through most of the 70’s, Tourist were called Holiday Makers.  As for the Postcards, well they had always been very big business and the drive to convert to colour gave them a big boost.  I guess personal photography,  a Postal Service that became expensive and then of course overseas holidays, rather knocked the bottom out of that market.

Times change but Picture Postcard is still a great description

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Silent Signal…….


Broadway Tower, Worcestershire

Is this just a ‘Folly’ or was it constructed to fulfil a vital role as a ‘Signal Tower’ or Beacon.  The Tower was built long before the invention of instant signalling devises.  So I like to think it was  built of practical reasons…but also like the fun idea of having such a dominant building erected…. just because I could!.  You can make up your own minds…. here is the back story of  the most likely of theories and its History…

It was built on the whim of Lady Coventry who persuaded her husband the 6th Earl of Coventry to pay for the design and construction…  Her home was some 20 miles away from this hill on which the tower was to be built. The hill itself had been a “Beacon Point” for signal fires for several centuries.  Lady Coventry was not sure that she would have been able to see such a beacon signal, so two famous names in Landscaping and Architecture were commissioned to construct a Tower.

Capability Brown and James Wyatt collaborated to build Broadway Tower, it was completed in 1798….. and yes, Lady Coventry could gaze upon it from her distant home. . No real surprise as the hill stands at some 1024ft and the tower itself a height of 65ft.

Over the intervening years Broadway Tower has provided a useful function apart from being purely visual and decorative.

In 1822 Sir William Phillipps installed a printing Press from which to publish his catalogues of his large book collections.

This was followed in the 1880’s as a ‘Retreat’ for two famous Artists and Designers, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.  The Tower seemed to make a great impression upon them as they went onto to establish the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.


Today the Tower is part of a Country Park and is open for visitors to climb to the Tower and enjoy panoramic views over the Cotswolds, the Industrial Midlands, six counties and to the far-off Welsh Hills. 


Well worth a visit but as always…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

20th August

(C) David Oakes 2020