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Clock Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3696 / 50°22'10"N

Longitude: -4.1446 / 4°8'40"W

OS Eastings: 247581

OS Northings: 54384

OS Grid: SX475543

Mapcode National: GBR R9Y.MW

Mapcode Global: FRA 2862.35C

Plus Code: 9C2Q9V94+R5

Entry Name: Clock Tower

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130056

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473325

Also known as: Derry's Cross

ID on this website: 101130056

Location: Plymouth, Devon, PL1

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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SX4754 DERRY'S CROSS, Plymouth
740-1/57/362 Clock Tower


Free-standing clock tower. Plymouth limestone ashlar and
darker granite bands; weathered stone roof surmounted by an
octagonal cast-iron spire with weather vane. Square plan.
EXTERIOR: slightly tapered tower with moulded plinth to
pedestal base with carved trefoil-arched drinking-fountain
niche central to each of 3 sides, the 4th side with a similar
doorway and with trailing carved detail within its half-domed
niche. Cusped and carved hoods over shields to each side
mid-way up the tower. Machicolated cornice below narrower
clock stage with turned corner shafts flanked by carved detail
and carved and moulded eaves cornice. The bellcote has trefoil
arcade with pierced spandrels on turned shafts; the spire has
similar pierced detail.
This building, and the Bank (qv) are the only buildings in
this immediate part of Plymouth to survive the Blitz. To many
of the citizens this clock seemed to be a symbol of defiance
against the enemy and it appeared to offer a promise that
Plymouth would rise again from the ashes.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4758154384

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