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Cromwells Castle

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tresco, Isles of Scilly

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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

Grade: II*

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

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Listing Text


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:
1989-: 28-30).

Listing NGR: SV8818115968

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