Cabot Tower: From Bristol to Canada

From Bristol…

The tower, viewed from Brandon Hill park.

Cabot Tower is a tower in Bristol, England, situated in a public park on Brandon Hill, between the city centre, Clifton and Hotwells. It was constructed in memory of John Cabot, 400 years after he set sail in the Matthew from Bristol and landed in what was later to become Canada. The foundation stone was laid on 24 June 1897 and the tower was completed in July 1898. The architect was William Venn Gough and it was built by Love and Waite of Bristol. It consists of a spiral staircase and two viewing platforms which overlook the city, the higher of which is approximately 334 feet (102 m) above sea level.

It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building. The tower is 105 feet (32 m) high and built from red sandstone with cream Bath Stone for ornamentation and emphasis, and was paid for by public subscription.

« This tablet is placed here by the Bristol branch of the Peace Society in the earnest hope that peace and friendship may ever continue between the kindred peoples of this country and America ‘Glory to God in the highest and on Earth, peace, good will towards men’ Luke 2.14 »

« This tower was erected by public subscription in the 61st year of the reign of Queen Victoria to commemorate the fourth centenary of the discovery of the continent of North America, on the 24th of June 1497, by John Cabot. Who sailed from this port in the Bristol ship Matthew, with a Bristol crew, under letters patent granted by King Henry VII to that navigator and his sons Lewis, Sebastian and Sanctus »

Wikipedia, Cabot Tower, Bristol

…to Canada

Cabot Tower is a tower in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, situated on Signal Hill. Construction of tower begun in 1898 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland, and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless message at a position near the tower, the letter « S » in Morse Codesent from Poldhu, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Cabot Tower is now the centre of Signal Hill National Historic Park, Canada’s second largest historic park, with walking trails, and an interpretation centre where the visitor can hear stories about the area.

Wikipedia, Cabot Tower (St. John’s)

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