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The Citadel, South West and South East Casemates

A Grade II* Listed Building in Portland, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.5609 / 50°33'39"N

Longitude: -2.4356 / 2°26'8"W

OS Eastings: 369238

OS Northings: 73547

OS Grid: SY692735

Mapcode National: GBR PZ.2NBK

Mapcode Global: FRA 57SL.2YF

Plus Code: 9C2VHH67+8P

Entry Name: The Citadel, South West and South East Casemates

Listing Date: 17 May 1993

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1203117

English Heritage Legacy ID: 382029

Location: Portland, Dorset, DT5

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Portland

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Portland All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


SY6873 THE CITADEL, The Verne
969-1/3/175 (South side)
The Citadel, SW and SE Casemates


Military casemates. c 1860. Probably by Capt. W. Crossman, RE,
general designer of The Citadel. Rusticated Portland ashlar,
turf and grass roof. Two long and one shorter runs of
continuous casemates to the south-west and south-east edge of
the Citadel enclosure. The structure is backed by high earth
mounds, standing above the very deep surrounding ditches, so
that only one face is exposed; the short south casemate,
connecting the two longer units, lies immediately adjacent to
the South Entrance (qv). Continous high wall in rusticated
ashlar, with heavy weathered coping on deep moulding, carrying
square stacks to flat pyramidal cappings, above 3-course plain
band and a string with bold cavetto-mould immediately above
stepped voussoirs to main arches. Segmental arches carried to
broad responds, over a Diocletian window. Main opening has
bold projecting square porch with tall rectangular light to
face, and heavy door under transom-light on return. The porch
is flanked by a tall rectangular light each side; many of the
porches missing at time of survey (May 1991).The SW casemate
has, returning at right angles to the N, a length of plain
stepped walling to a heavy capping then 35 arches; the S run
has 10, and the SE has 17. On the splayed length of wall
connecting SW and S casemates is a large segmental opening
over a flight of stairs to heavy stone balustrades, flanked by
paired doors under fanlights in rusticated surrounds with
voussoirs set within segmental arches linked with the centre.
Each casemate has a deep, narrow compartment enclosed and
vaulted in Portland stone.
This remarkable run of structures enclosing the main central
area of The Citadel is vigorously detailed, and on a
charactersitically grand scale, lying above the very deep
surrounding Ditches, and modelling the landscape in views from
many parts of The Island.

Listing NGR: SY6923873547

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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