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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.

Name: ALFRED'S TOWER

List entry Number: 1175610

Location

ALFRED'S TOWER, KINGSETTLE HILL

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

County District District Type Parish
SomersetSouth SomersetDistrict AuthorityBrewham

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 24-Mar-1961

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 261509

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History

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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

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National Grid Reference: ST 74546 35125

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