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

City of Plymouth (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SX 48644 53251



SX4953 MOUNT BATTEN POINT, Plymstock 740-1/68/603 Mount Batten Tower 01/05/75


Coastal defence tower, set at the top of a cliff and quarried face. 1660s on the site of an earlier battery. Plymouth limestone rubble with some granite dressings; flat lead roof behind an embattled parapet with string course. PLAN: round plan, originally with basement store and heated room on each floor above, the upper floor under a domed stone vault; stone staircase within the thickness of the wall, the principal upper room doorway approached direct from the entrance doorway; steps up to parapet on the left and steps down to next room entrance on the right. There is a small store at the top of the stairs and a latrine set on the battlements. EXTERIOR: pointed-arched roll-moulded granite doorway mid-way up the wall; small granite stair windows irregularly disposed; 4-centred arched doorway to parapet store. INTERIOR: retains many original features including 4-centred arched granite doorway and 2 fireplaces, the lower fireplace with a timber lintel and the principal fireplace with moulded jambs and lintel and a triangular motif to the centre. FITTINGS: 3 C17 cannon on C20 replica carriages set up behind the battlements. HISTORY: erected as part of the post Civil War defences of Plymouth Sound and thought to be named after Captain Batten who was Governor of Plymouth during the Civil War. This tower is similar to Cromwell's Tower (1651) on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-: 649).

Listing NGR: SX4864453251


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Devon, (1989), 649


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: 09 Aug 2001
Reference: IOE01/05088/35
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Brian Richards. Source Historic England Archive
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