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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1130056



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: City of Plymouth

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 01-May-1975

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 473325

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SX4754 DERRY'S CROSS, Plymouth 740-1/57/362 Clock Tower 01/05/75


Free-standing clock tower. Plymouth limestone ashlar and darker granite bands; weathered stone roof surmounted by an octagonal cast-iron spire with weather vane. Square plan. EXTERIOR: slightly tapered tower with moulded plinth to pedestal base with carved trefoil-arched drinking-fountain niche central to each of 3 sides, the 4th side with a similar doorway and with trailing carved detail within its half-domed niche. Cusped and carved hoods over shields to each side mid-way up the tower. Machicolated cornice below narrower clock stage with turned corner shafts flanked by carved detail and carved and moulded eaves cornice. The bellcote has trefoil arcade with pierced spandrels on turned shafts; the spire has similar pierced detail. This building, and the Bank (qv) are the only buildings in this immediate part of Plymouth to survive the Blitz. To many of the citizens this clock seemed to be a symbol of defiance against the enemy and it appeared to offer a promise that Plymouth would rise again from the ashes. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-: 667).

Listing NGR: SX4758154384

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Devon, (1989), 667

National Grid Reference: SX4758154384


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