THE FOLLY AND TOPOSCOPE
, LICKEY HILLS IN 1907, Edward, George Junior and Henry Cadbury gave Beacon Hill to the city, thus ensuring that the view would remain as it is today.
There's a toposcope
- a circular plaque showing the direction and distance to nearby landmarks - at the summit of Beacon Hill, installed to honour the Cadbury family giving the land to the city of Birmingham in 1907.
From this Priory Gateway office (which he eventually took over in 1908) Troyte designed many of the area's most impressive edifices, of which perhaps the best-known is the Toposcope
erected on the summit of the Worcestershire Beacon, high in the Malvern Hills.
A small obelisk marks the highest point of this part of Cleeve Hill - the highest point overall is actually on the other side of the radio masts, but the view isn't great - and a handy toposcope
helps with navigating the view.
Or head south to the toposcope
off Monument Lane in the Lickey Hills where you can spot everything from the BT Tower to the QE Hospital and so much more.
There's a magnificent view, too, across the neighbouring countryside and even better from a local toposcope
which overlooks five counties.
is perched on top in a mini castle built to celebrate the fact the hill was donated to the city by the Cadbury family in 1907.
Go up to Monument Lane and you can enjoy stunning panoramic views from the Toposcope
at Beacon Hill.
The very summit is identified by a triangulation plinth and a toposcope
to identify the features of the surrounding landscape.
From the toposcope
on the summit of Windmill Hill you can even see the Malvern and Cotswold Hills.
Walk past a triangulation plinth and continue to the toposcope
to identify the surrounding hills before returning to the car parkCotswold Wardens' Town walks: PhoneAnn Colcombe 01386 832131
And you can see for miles from Oaklands Rec in Yardley, the Toposcope
at Beacon Hill in the Lickeys, from the Clent Hills and Barr Beacon's War Memorial.