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Coastguard look-out tower and landmark 240m north of Portreath Harbour

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Coastguard look-out tower and landmark 240m north of Portreath Harbour

List entry Number: 1005456

Location

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County:

District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Portreath

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 12-May-1973

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: CO 914

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

The Coastguard look-out tower and landmark 240m north of Portreath Harbour survives well and is an intriguing structure perched on steep cliffs and clearly visible from both land and sea. It was used for navigation by shipping and as a shelter for the watching Coastguards on land. It has been misidentified in the past as a true lighthouse although the watchmen may have signalled from the cliffs with torches or lanterns. It clearly has social, political and economic importance as part of national protection for shipping and for guarding against smuggling.

History

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Details

The monument includes a coastguard look-out tower, situated on the northern tip of cliffs, to the north of Portreath Harbour south of Horse Rock coastal stack. The tower survives as tapering circular stone-built structure with a blocked doorway. There is a decorative finial for a weathervane on the conical stone roof. The tower stands to a height of approximately 7.6m and is painted white. Built in the late-18th or early-19th century as a landmark for mineral ships, it is known locally by several names including 'the Landmark', 'The Lighthouse' and 'The Pepper-pot'. A notice over the doorway reads 'HM Coastguard Board of Trade'. It is recorded in 1830 as 'Coast Guard Watch House'.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-426076

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National Grid Reference: SW 65508 45637

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