On Saturday October 27th Dave Skelthorne took fourteen of us on a memorable tour of the Wills Tower which is the landmark building of the University of Bristol and currently houses the School of Law and the Department of Earth Sciences. The Wills Memorial building was commissioned in 1912 by George Alfred Wills and Henry Herbert Wills, the magnates of the Bristol tobacco company W.D. and H.O. Wills, in honour of their father, Henry Overton Wills benefactor and first Chancellor of the University who donated £100,000 to the University.

We were lucky to have a very sunny if chilly Saturday morning for our tour and after we had climbed up 193 steps to the top of the tower we had the most amazing views over the whole of Bristol and beyond. On the way up we stopped to admire Great George the huge bell that chimes on the hour and had to put our fingers in our ears when the bell chimed eleven times at 11am!

We are very grateful to Dave Skelthorne for telling us so much of the captivating history of this wonderful building.  It was one of the most fascinating and interesting visits that we as a group have undertaken and can certainly be recommended. Tours take place on the 1st Wednesday and 1st Saturday of every month, with all profits going to the Wallace and Gromit appeal in aid of the Children’s Hospital.