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Hackemdown Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Broadstairs and St. Peters, Kent

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Latitude: 51.381 / 51°22'51"N

Longitude: 1.441 / 1°26'27"E

OS Eastings: 639545

OS Northings: 170282

OS Grid: TR395702

Mapcode National: GBR X01.C59

Mapcode Global: VHMCP.XKP5

Plus Code: 9F339CJR+CC

Entry Name: Hackemdown Tower

Listing Date: 20 September 1974

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1239264

English Heritage Legacy ID: 417099

Location: Broadstairs and St. Peters, Thanet, Kent, CT10

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Broadstairs and St. Peters

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text

(North Side)
Hackemdown Tower

TR 37 SE 6/81


In 1768, Lord Holland opened a barrow on his estate and found a quantity of human
bones. It was believed that these resulted from a battle between the Danes and
the Saxons circa 850. Lord Holland decided to build a monument "in the stile of
very remote antiquity". The clock was added later. Originally the base of the
tower had 4 ogee arches on Doric columns but these have now been removed.
Late C18. A circular flint tower crenellated with yellow brick coping and yellow
brick bands. Flint base. 4 quatrefoil ornaments, 2 blank panels and 1 stone panel
with a Latin inscription. Arched doorcase. The tower is set within a large low
circular wall of brick and flint with crenellated parapet. The inscription reads:
Danorum & Saxonum hic occisorum
Dum de solo britannico
(Milites nihil a se alienum Putant)
Britannis Perfide et crudeliter olim expulsis,
Inter se domicaverunt
Qui Duces qualis hujus Praelii Exitus
Nulla Notat Historia
Annum circiter DCCCL evenit Pugna
Et Pugnam hanc evenisse Fidem faciunt
Ossa quamplurima
Quae sub hoc & altero Tumulo huic vicino
Sunt sepulta"
which translated is:
"To the shades of the departed and in memory of the Danes and Saxons who were killed
here whilst fighting for the possession of Britain (soldiers think everything their
own), the Britons already having been perfidiously and cruelly expelled, this was
put up by Henry Holland. History does not record the names of the leaders or the
result of the action. It happened about the year 850 and that it happened here
seems true from the quantity of bones buried in this and the nearby tumulus."

All listed buildings in Port Regis School grounds form a group.

Listing NGR: TR3954570282

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