Memorial: M519



Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill, Bristol, commemorating John Cabot  d. 1498


Brandon Hill, Bristol, England


'The fourth centenary of the discovery of America in June 1487 by John Cabot, who left the shore with a Bristol crew.'


Description: Carved with the arms of the Bristol Merchant Adventurers and the number 400 in Roman numerals.

Type: Tower
Materials: Red sandstone, Bath stone
Date Erected: 1897
Artists: William Venn Gough

Event Category

English colonization of North America


Cabot, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: circa 1500
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown
Cabot, Sebastian
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1557
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown


Notes: Erected to mark the 400th anniverary of Cabot's voyage to North America. There is also a plaque at the harbour at Bristol, statue in front of the Civic Hall. A whalebone in St Mary Redcliffe is said to have been brought back in 1497.

Bibliography: 'Illustrated London News' 1 October 1898 p. 490.

David B. Quinn, ‘Cabot, John (c.1451–1498)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010 [, accessed 7 June 2017]