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Rushford Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Chagford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6866 / 50°41'11"N

Longitude: -3.8379 / 3°50'16"W

OS Eastings: 270264

OS Northings: 89052

OS Grid: SX702890

Mapcode National: GBR QB.Y3TT

Mapcode Global: FRA 27V8.8M7

Plus Code: 9C2RM5P6+JR

Entry Name: Rushford Tower

Listing Date: 20 February 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146602

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94595

Location: Chagford, West Devon, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Chagford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Chagford St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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4/66 Rushford Tower
- II

Small observation tower. Mid or late C19. Granite stone rubble laid to rough
courses with large dressed quoins and some granite ashlar detail; roof is now
Plan and description: small square-section tower, originally 2 storeys high. It
faces east with a circular newel stair turret projecting from the left (south) side
and rising higher than the tower. It is Victorian Gothic in style. The tower front
contains a relatively large doorway; a 2-centred arch with ashlar voussoirs, and it
contains a plank door. Directly above is a twin lancet window with sunken spandrels
in the headstone. At the top is a plain projecting stringcourse but the parapet
above has collapsed. The stringcourse is continued round the stair turret. Below
this is a tiny slit window lighting the stairs and above it a series of small plain
lancets and another stringcourse at the top. Inside only the granite stairs remain.
This small observation tower is situated in woodland owned by the Hayter-Hames family
of Chagford House (q.v.). The family used the woods for shooting parties and the
tower was used by the women and children to watch the sport.

Listing NGR: SX7026489052

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