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Stratton's Tower

A Grade II* Listed Building in Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7567 / 51°45'24"N

Longitude: -0.1252 / 0°7'30"W

OS Eastings: 529495

OS Northings: 208107

OS Grid: TL294081

Mapcode National: GBR J9Q.Z07

Mapcode Global: VHGPT.S35N

Entry Name: Stratton's Tower

Listing Date: 24 November 1966

Last Amended: 11 June 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1341449

English Heritage Legacy ID: 356189

Location: Little Berkhamsted, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG13

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Little Berkhamsted

Built-Up Area: Little Berkhamsted

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Little Berkhamsted

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

LITTLE BERKHAMSTED BUCKS ALLEY
TL 20 NE
(Northeast side)
Little Berkhamsted
7/82
Stratton's Tower
24.11.66
(formerly listed as
Berkhampstead Monument
(Stratton's Folly))
- II*

Observatory tower, now dwelling. 1789 for Admiral J. Stratton of the
Gage (q.v). Red brick, some vitrified, largely re-used from C17
brew-house previously on the site. 5 stages. 155 feet high. Octagonal
lower stage with unequal sides, 4 larger sides have blank arches.
Plinth. Cyma recta cornice. To SE an entrance, glazed doors, round
headed fanlight, impost blocks. Upper stages are all round. Short 2nd
stage with 4 openings aligned with lower stage arches, 9 pane windows
recessed with slightly cambered heads. Plat band to 3rd and 4th stages,
4 tall relieving arches on same alignment with continuous impost band,
within arches are 3rd stage tall round headed sashes, 4th stage oculi
with radiating glazing bars. Openings to N on 2nd, 3rd and 4th stages
are blind. Plat band and cyma recta cornice to top stage with 8 small
pane windows with slightly cambered heads. Stone coped embattled parapet
aligned so that merlons are over windows. Interior not inspected.
Traditionally built to view ships on Thames but more probably for
astronomical observation. (RCHM 1910: Pevsner 1977: G. Millington,
Little Berkhamsted, 1981).


Listing NGR: TL2949508107

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

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