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The South Gate

A Grade I Listed Building in Launceston, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6366 / 50°38'11"N

Longitude: -4.3596 / 4°21'34"W

OS Eastings: 233241

OS Northings: 84537

OS Grid: SX332845

Mapcode National: GBR NL.9807

Mapcode Global: FRA 17RD.9D6

Entry Name: The South Gate

Listing Date: 27 February 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298820

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370119

Location: Launceston, Cornwall, PL15

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Launceston

Built-Up Area: Launceston

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Launceston

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text


LAUNCESTON

SX32843384 SOUTHGATE PLACE
660-1/4/123 (North West side)
27/02/50 The South Gate

GV I

Town gate. C14, slightly remodelled C17, pedestrian gate added
1887. Dressed volcanic agglomerate stone and greenstone to
lower half, otherwise slatestone rubble with volcanic
agglomerate dressings plus C17 granite dressings; pyramidal
rag slate roof behind late C19 embattled parapet; stone stack
over left-hand (west) wall removed C20: two square rooms over
main gateway approached by stone staircase bridging smaller
gateway. 3 storeys; 1-window range outer elevation and similar
inner elevation. Both elevations have 2 chamfered pointed
arches, the main arch fronting ribbed vaults; C17 three-light
granite mullions with hoodmoulds to upper floors. Outer SE
front has narrower pedestrian gateway on its left and main
gateway with portcullis slots over. To outer side of passage
are remnants of arch dated 1639 and fragments of tracery.
Water point dated 1825 and inscribed "PCH" for Parr Cunningham
Hocking, Mayor of that time, to right of inner elevation; this
was the towns first public water supply. INTERIOR not
inspected. HISTORY: until the early C19 the rooms of the South
Gate were used as a gaol for petty offenders and a prison for
debtors.
(Robbins AF: Launceston, Past and Present: Launceston: 1888-:
P.302).


Listing NGR: SX3324184537

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

Description


LAUNCESTON

SX32843384 SOUTHGATE PLACE
660-1/4/123 (North West side)
27/02/50 The South Gate

GV I

Town gate. C14, slightly remodelled C17, pedestrian gate added
1887. Dressed volcanic agglomerate stone and greenstone to
lower half, otherwise slatestone rubble with volcanic
agglomerate dressings plus C17 granite dressings; pyramidal
rag slate roof behind late C19 embattled parapet; stone stack
over left-hand (west) wall removed C20: two square rooms over
main gateway approached by stone staircase bridging smaller
gateway. 3 storeys; 1-window range outer elevation and similar
inner elevation. Both elevations have 2 chamfered pointed
arches, the main arch fronting ribbed vaults; C17 three-light
granite mullions with hoodmoulds to upper floors. Outer SE
front has narrower pedestrian gateway on its left and main
gateway with portcullis slots over. To outer side of passage
are remnants of arch dated 1639 and fragments of tracery.
Water point dated 1825 and inscribed "PCH" for Parr Cunningham
Hocking, Mayor of that time, to right of inner elevation; this
was the towns first public water supply. INTERIOR not
inspected. HISTORY: until the early C19 the rooms of the South
Gate were used as a gaol for petty offenders and a prison for
debtors.
(Robbins AF: Launceston, Past and Present: Launceston: 1888-:
P.302).


Listing NGR: SX3324184537

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