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East Devon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 18321 00505



1/104 Bishops Tower - 22.2.55 - II Folly tower. Circa 1843 at the cost of the Reverend E. Copleston, Bishop of Llandaff and Dean of St. Pauls. Local stone rubble with rusticated grey-coloured limestone quoins and ashlar detail, the stone is facing brick. Italiante style. 6- storey high viewing tower facing south-east with a semi-hexagonal newel stair turret projecting from the left (south-west) side up to third floor level. All the rooms are heated by a rear lateral stack. On the front there is a single casement with glazing bars on ground floor and first floor levels. There is a dripcourse right round the building at second floor level and a large round-headed double arch with imposts and keystone. The window contains Y-tracery glazing bars and there is a stone balcony on shaped brackets. There is another similar window on the right (north-east) side. Above is a narrow round-headed lancet and there are more on the other walls. The top of the tower is machicolated with a series of shaped corbels. Around the top is a balcony of ornate wrought iron railings. On the top is a small square block, open each side with imposts and keystones. It too has machicolated top with an ornate wrought iron parapet and it is surmounted by a wrought iron weathervane. The interior is plainly finished. This tower was erected partly to provide local employment but also, it is said, that Bishop Copleston might view his diocese of Llandaff across the Bristol Channel. The bishop is responsible for a lot of new building in Offwell around the 1840's.

Listing NGR: ST1832100505


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 21 Feb 2007
Reference: IOE01/15971/30
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr David Withey. Source Historic England Archive
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