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Lookout tower in Boundry Walll

A Grade II Listed Building in Rhyl, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.3247 / 53°19'29"N

Longitude: -3.4865 / 3°29'11"W

OS Eastings: 301088

OS Northings: 381897

OS Grid: SJ010818

Mapcode National: GBR 4Y2Z.ZW

Mapcode Global: WH653.FP0K

Plus Code: 9C5R8GF7+VC

Entry Name: Lookout tower in Boundry Walll

Listing Date: 12 October 1988

Last Amended: 14 February 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1510

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Near the junction with Chester Street, partly projecting through the boundary wall on the pavement-edge.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Rhyl (Y Rhyl)

Community: Rhyl

Built-Up Area: Rhyl

Traditional County: Flintshire

Tagged with: Tower

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Said to have been built by Mr John Tarleton as a semaphore signalling station for the paddle steamers which operated between the Foryd Harbour, Rhyl and Liverpool. Known to have been built at the Foryd in that year, it was probably built some time after 1831 - a pier was built at the Foryd in that year, and a regular steam packet was operating between Rhyl and Liverpool in 1834. It seems likely that the building was later used as a summer house for one of the large houses in whose grounds it was partially set.


Circular two-storey tower, of rubble construction with freestone dressings, corbelled and crenellated parapet. Pointed and slightly chamfered voussoir heads to openings; 3 cast-iron small pane sashes in timber frames, and 3 timber, studded doors, one facing pavement. Low attached crenellated wall with single pointed entry runs west for approx 22 metres to end at far corner to front of No 39.

Reasons for Listing

An attractive building which is a rare surviving relic of the once-importance sea-traffic which helped to foster Rhyl’s development as a resort.

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