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Entrance to Tunnels,pool and Beaches,including Flanking Walls and Gate Pier

A Grade II Listed Building in Ilfracombe, Devon

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Latitude: 51.2093 / 51°12'33"N

Longitude: -4.127 / 4°7'37"W

OS Eastings: 251521

OS Northings: 147711

OS Grid: SS515477

Mapcode National: GBR KN.40BB

Mapcode Global: VH4M4.FV2V

Plus Code: 9C3Q6V5F+P6

Entry Name: Entrance to Tunnels,pool and Beaches,including Flanking Walls and Gate Pier

Listing Date: 12 March 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1208945

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390258

Location: Ilfracombe, North Devon, Devon, EX34

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Ilfracombe

Built-Up Area: Ilfracombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ilfracombe Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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853-1/6/118 Entrance to tunnels, pool and
12/03/90 beaches, including flanking walls
and gate piers


Entrance to tunnel cut through rocks to give access to beach.
About 1836. Painted stone rubble with details in dressed
stone. Consists of a pointed arch with keystone, set in
retaining wall against the cliff face. The approach to it is
flanked by stone walls with stepped and ramped copings, these
terminating in square stone gate piers with flattened,
pyramidical caps. Access is now by an iron gate with remains
of turnstiles (by Ellisons of Salford); this retains some late
C19 decorative ironwork, but has been considerably remodelled
in C20. The tunnels themselves, and the entrances on the beach
side, have no architectural features, consisting of bare rock
with occasional reinforcements in brick. The tunnels were cut
by Welsh miners in 1823. The entrance-architecture is probably
contemporary with the adjacent Baths House (qv) of 1836. Both
are shown in an engraving of 1838. Of interest for its
association with the development of the late Georgian resort.
(Ilfracombe, A Pictorial Record: Horridge GK: 1986-: PLATE

Listing NGR: SS5152147711

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