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Latitude: 49.9623 / 49°57'44"N
Longitude: -6.3495 / 6°20'58"W
OS Eastings: 88181
OS Northings: 15968
OS Grid: SV881159
Mapcode National: GBR BXQS.6H1
Mapcode Global: VGYBX.W6NS
Entry Name: Cromwells Castle
Listing Date: 14 December 1992
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1141198
English Heritage Legacy ID: 62549
Location: Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24
County: Isles of Scilly
Civil Parish: Tresco
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Isles of Scilly
Church of England Diocese: Truro
SVB1NE Cromwell's Castle
Gun tower. 1651-2 with gun platform added c1740 by Abraham
Tovey, Master Gunner. Randomly coursed granite rubble; granite
platform roofs; stone stacks. Circular-plan tower with
rectangular C18 gun platform addition on seaward side with
external staircase. Tower has original entrance high up on
south side, which had platform on stone corbels (still
remaining) outside it; rectangular gunports, that to east in
raised ovolo-moulded surround. Granite steps to chamfered
arched doorway and winder stairs to C18 platform, which has 6
gun embrasures with segmental arches and inserted entrance to
tower flanked by lean-tos consisting of a guardroom with
fireplace and a latrine. Interior: tower built with unlighted
basement below two accommodation floors, now with holes for
missing floor joists and vaulted roof with ribs to upper room,
which has chamfered surround to fireplace with chamfered
segmental-arched relieving arch and simply moulded bases and
capitals to piers dividing window embrasures. Spiral staircase
and rebated doorways to platform. Shouldered chamfered
segmental-arched entrance to winder stair rising through
chamfered arched doorway to tower platform. Built following a
threat to the islands by the Dutch, replacing the poorly sited
King Charles Castle (q.v.). Scheduled as an Ancient Monument.
(P Laws: The Buildings of Scilly: Redruth: 1980-: 8; B.H.
St.J.O'Neil: Isles of Scilly: London (HMSO): 1950-: 18-19;
Buildings of England: Pevsner, N and Ratcliffe, E: Cornwall:
London: 1951-1970: 211; Saunders A: Fortress Britain: Liphook:
Listing NGR: SV8818115968
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