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Rhenish Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Lynton, Devon

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Latitude: 51.2318 / 51°13'54"N

Longitude: -3.831 / 3°49'51"W

OS Eastings: 272258

OS Northings: 149666

OS Grid: SS722496

Mapcode National: GBR L1.2P96

Mapcode Global: VH4M9.K92J

Entry Name: Rhenish Tower

Listing Date: 19 July 1950

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1210267

English Heritage Legacy ID: 376543

Location: Lynton and Lynmouth, North Devon, Devon, EX35

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Lynton and Lynmouth

Built-Up Area: Lynton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Countisbury with Lynmouth St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


SS7149 THE ESPLANADE, Lynmouth
858-1/4/86 (North side)
19/07/50 Rhenish Tower


Folly, possibly intended as water tower. Mid to late C19, "...
gift of General Rawdon...", badly damaged 1952, rebuilt 1954.
Rubble, some brickwork.
A square tower with battered sides, set directly on the Quay
(qv); at the top are 2 balconies in brickwork, carried on
brick machicolations, plus a small brick turret carrying an
open brazier, and a rubble unit with raked top, over a
doorway. At quay level, on the S side, is a plank entrance
door, and to its right a throughway giving access to the quay,
with an opening to the E, facing the river estuary.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the tower has variously been attributed to
the late C18 and early C19, but there is evidence that it was
not there, for instance, in 1831. Built at first without the
machicolated balconies, these were added, because the tower
was regarded by some as an eyesore. Practically destroyed by
the great 1952 flood, a stone on the tower records: 'Destroyed
August 1952, rebuilt April 1954. Information principally from
Pugsley, 1945 (qv), who refers to an earlier writer (Tugwell,
1863), who seems to have been the first to suggest that the
design was copied from a tower on the Rhine, hence its name.
Tugwell also says that it is '... on the whole, of no great
use...', but now it is seen as an essential 'historic'
landmark for the town.
Included for historical and group value.
(Transactions of the Devonshire Association: Pugsley HW: The
Tower on Lynmouth Pier: Exeter: 1945-: 191).

Listing NGR: SS7225849666

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