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Mount Batten Tower

A Grade II* Listed Building in Plymstock, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3597 / 50°21'34"N

Longitude: -4.1292 / 4°7'45"W

OS Eastings: 248644

OS Northings: 53251

OS Grid: SX486532

Mapcode National: GBR NX.VM68

Mapcode Global: FRA 2872.WPM

Plus Code: 9C2Q9V5C+V8

Entry Name: Mount Batten Tower

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386253

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473638

Location: Plymstock Radford, Plymouth, PL9

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Plymstock Radford

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymstock

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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740-1/68/603 Mount Batten Tower


Coastal defence tower, set at the top of a cliff and quarried
face. 1660s on the site of an earlier battery. Plymouth
limestone rubble with some granite dressings; flat lead roof
behind an embattled parapet with string course.
PLAN: round plan, originally with basement store and heated
room on each floor above, the upper floor under a domed stone
vault; stone staircase within the thickness of the wall, the
principal upper room doorway approached direct from the
entrance doorway; steps up to parapet on the left and steps
down to next room entrance on the right. There is a small
store at the top of the stairs and a latrine set on the
EXTERIOR: pointed-arched roll-moulded granite doorway mid-way
up the wall; small granite stair windows irregularly disposed;
4-centred arched doorway to parapet store.
INTERIOR: retains many original features including 4-centred
arched granite doorway and 2 fireplaces, the lower fireplace
with a timber lintel and the principal fireplace with moulded
jambs and lintel and a triangular motif to the centre.
FITTINGS: 3 C17 cannon on C20 replica carriages set up behind
the battlements.
HISTORY: erected as part of the post Civil War defences of
Plymouth Sound and thought to be named after Captain Batten
who was Governor of Plymouth during the Civil War.
This tower is similar to Cromwell's Tower (1651) on Tresco,
Isles of Scilly.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4864453251

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