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North Devon (District Authority)
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SS 55906 32951



SS5532 THE SQUARE 684-1/4/236 (South side) 31/08/88 Clocktower


Clocktower, erected in memory of Albert, Prince Consort. 1862, by RD Gould. Limestone ashlar with dressings of Devon marble, sandstone, other local stones and patterned tiles. Tower has an octagonal shaft on a broader octagonal base, the latter with a chamfered top and buttresses flanking each of the 4 main faces. Square, corbelled clock chamber with angle-shafts; clock-dial in each face. Hipped leaded roof with bracketed corbel-table. At the summit a small belfry with leaded spire and weather-vane. Each of its 4 faces contains a pair of openings with pointed arches, separated by a column with foliated capital; above each pair is a gablet resting against the base of the spire. Bell remains inside. The base of the tower has a stair doorway with shaped head on the S side. On the N side is a water-trough projecting from the base of a shallow recess with pointed arch of grey and white marble; arch springs from short columns with pink marble shafts and foliated white marble capitals. At the back of the recess is a panel of coloured tiles, having above it a coat of arms in white marble. Drinking fountain has been removed. On each of the E and W sides is a pointed arch of moulded red sandstone with a relieving arch of different coloured local stones. Within the arches are commemorative marble plaques to Prince Albert. HISTORICAL NOTE: the clocktower was built at the instigation of the then mayor, John Norrington, and paid for by public subscription, some of the money being raised specifically for the provision of a drinking fountain. The original design was for a tower without a clock. (North Devon Journal: 27.3.1862: 5).

Listing NGR: SS5590632951


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'North Devon Journal' in 27 March, (1862), 5


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: 20 Jun 2004
Reference: IOE01/12626/28
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr Barbara Hilton. Source Historic England Archive
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