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11/162 The Storm Tower -

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Small tower said to have been built as refuge for coastguard but also ornamental. 1835, designed by George Wightwick for Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 10th Baronet. Roughly-dressed stone brought to course with freestone quoins. Octagonal tower described by Wightwick as "after the Temple of the Winds at Athens". Tower stands on plinth with 3 granite steps up to entrance on east side. Entrance has entablature and pediment on freestone pilasters. Each side has slit window with stone sill, those to north-east and north-west blocked. The points of the compass are carved as a frieze in sans-serif below the moulded cornice. Low pyramidal roof with moulded base to cross formerly surmounting tower. Interior has slate floor and brick dressings to slit windows. Sir Thomas Dyke Acland owned Ebbingford Manor (q.v.) in Bude and regularly stayed at Efford Cottage on the Breakwater. Sir Thomas Acland played a large part in the C19 development of Bude and the Bude Canal was partly built on Acland land. George Wightwick of Plymouth was John Foulston's partner and succeeded to Foulston's architectural practice. He designed a number of buildings in Bude for Sir Thomas Acland including the chapel of St Michael and All Angels (q.v.), East and West Cottages and a Preventative Service House on the Breakwater. Alan Pearson "George Wightwick", Old Cornwall, vol.IX, No. 7, Autumn 1982, pp.338-351; vol.IX no. 8, Spring 1983, pp.402-414. A photograph of the Storm Tower with its cross intact appears in Rennie Bere and Brian Dudley Stamp, The Book of Stratton and Bude (1980) p.107.

Listing NGR: SS2004606343


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Books and journals
The Book of Stratton and Bude, (1980), 107
'Old Cornwall' in Old Cornwall, , Vol. 9, (1983), 402-414
'Old Cornwall' in Old Cornwall, , Vol. 9, (1982), 338-351


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: 06 Apr 2005
Reference: IOE01/13954/20
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