Oscar Dean Photography | Photo of the Week #24 - Bancroft Tower

Photo of the Week #24 - Bancroft Tower

June 15, 2015  •  1 Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.




In the midst of doing some research online about New England landmarks, I happened upon a small thumbnail image of a stone structure that looked pretty fascinating.  I clicked on it and learned that it was called Bancroft Tower located in Salisbury Park in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Seeing as though the city of Worcester is about 80 miles from where I live, I thought I'd take a nice Sunday drive to see this tower in person and hopefully come back with a nice image or two.  The weather was perfect with blue skies and wispy white clouds and barely a breeze.  Even better was the fact that no one was there at the park except for me.  I had it all to myself!


Here are a few facts that I learned about the tower thanks to Wikipedia:  "Bancroft Tower is a 56-foot-high (17 m) natural stone and granite tower, which looks like a miniature feudal castle. It is located in Salisbury Park, in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts.  It was erected in 1900, in memory of George Bancroft. The tower was designed by Earle and Fisher.[2] The cost of construction was roughly $15,000.[3] Bancroft Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places."


The mighty stone monument looks impressive from a straight on front view but it isn't long before you realize that it is all just a facade.  The depth of the structure only goes back about 15ft and the doors that take you inside to the upper level are locked.  I found this place to be really sweet from a photographer's point of view since the subject is relatively free of obstructions except for a row of poles set in place to prevent an out of control car from plowing into the tower.  You hear stories like this in the news when a person hits the gas instead of the brake and crashes into a shop window causing all kinds of damage.  It would be a shame for something like that to happen to Bancroft Tower.


I wanted to travel light so I only brought with me what I felt would be essential to get the types of shots I planned to capture.  Two lenses went into my camera bag:  my 10-22mm wide angle and my 17-55mm moderate zoom lens.  To aid me in the composing of various shots, I used my Manfrotto tripod.  Adding the tripod to the mix gives me a lot more versatility.  It allows me to use aperture and shutter speed settings on the camera that would not be possible while hand holding the camera.


Normally my "Photo of the Week" blog posts only contain one photo but I think that today I will make an exception.  Scroll down a bit and you can see a few more images that I've included from this visit to Bancroft Tower.  I encourage you to check it out with your friends or family if you are ever in the Worcester area.


Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/160sec at f11, ISO 100
Canon 10-22mm f3.5 - 4.5 USM lens set at 10mm












Guy Linscott(non-registered)
Perfect, as good as it gets. Pleased you two had a good trip and the weather was in your favor.

Your Maine friend
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