Clock Tower At Powdermill Cottage

11 Jun 2001
Clock Tower At Powdermill Cottage, Littleton Lane, Winford, North Somerset, Somerset, BS40 8HE
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


SP/796 Clock Tower at Powdermill Cottage


Clock tower, formerly part of mill premises. Probably late C18 or Early C19. Small squared and coursed limestone to thin, slab-like ashlar quoins, roof destroyed. A tower about 2.5m square and 5m high, now incomplete, and the original height not known. To the north, or river front is a square doorway with ashlar jabms and stone lintel; above this an oculus in brick, filled with brick but containing a central ashlar block with opening for a shaft or clock drive. To the left an opening for a small window, but without lintol and with damaged masonry over; at the back a further doorway, with ashlar jambs and remains at responds of a brick cambered arch. The interior of the walling has remains of plastering, and is built in rubble; there are two remnants of bonding timbers or plates which may have carried joists or small beams over the door openings. Although now ruinous and in a not very stable state, this is an important remnant from the large powder mill complex formerly on the site from about 1650 to 1820's. It is thought that the tower was attached either to a small chapel, or to site offices, but it now stands isolated. It has considerable historic interest for the site (Avon County SMR entry 2190 for more complete information on the complex).

Listing NGR: ST5508064304


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1955 IOE Records taken by N L Stones; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© N.L. Stones. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Stones, N.L.

Rights Holder: Stones, N.L.


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