ALFRED'S TOWER

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1175610
Date first listed:
24-Mar-1961
Statutory Address:
ALFRED'S TOWER, KINGSETTLE HILL

Map

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Location

Statutory Address:
ALFRED'S TOWER, KINGSETTLE HILL

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

County:
Somerset
District:
South Somerset (District Authority)
Parish:
Brewham
National Grid Reference:
ST 74546 35125

Details

ST73NW BREWHAM CP KINGSETTLE HILL (South side)

2/4 Alfred's Tower

24.3.61

I

Commemorative tower/folly. 1766. Flemish bond brickwork with red stretchers and grey headers; Chilmark stone dressings. Triangular on plan with circular turrets to each corner, sides about 13 metres long; tower in 4 stages totalling some 40 metres high. Stepped stone plinth, string courses, cornice and battlemented parapets: South West turret a taller stair turret with small lancet windows, 2 to outer and 3 to middle stages; corbelled balcony without railing, to small circular chamber having open slit windows. North East face has a plain surround pointed arch to doorway, with plinth and impost blocks, framing C20 metal doors; above a trefoil arch headed panel with inscription reading: ALFRED THE GREAT/AD 879 on this Summit/Erected his Standard/Against Danish Invaders/To him we owe the origin of (juries)/The Establishment of (a militia)/The Creation of a Naval Force/ALFRED The Lion of a (benighted) Age/Was a Philosopher and a Christian/The Father of his People/The Founder of the English/MONARCHY and LIBERTY. Above this a corbelled plinth at first string course level, the base to a segmental niche with triple column pilasters, and canopied, with poppy head finials; in the recess a more than life size statue of King Alfred in semi-armour, the right forearm currently missing (September 1983). The tower built by Henry Hoare (the Younger) of Stourhead, Wiltshire, as one of the many features on that estate.

Listing NGR: ST7454635125

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
261509
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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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