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Latitude: 53.3044 / 53°18'15"N
Longitude: -4.6933 / 4°41'35"W
OS Eastings: 220637
OS Northings: 381992
OS Grid: SH206819
Mapcode National: GBR GMSZ.2XV
Mapcode Global: WH319.W68L
Entry Name: Ellen's Tower (Twr Ellin)
Listing Date: 26 March 1973
Last Amended: 30 June 1998
Source ID: 5713
Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces
Location: In an elevated position, overlooking the sea, c250m SE of South Stack Island.
County: Isle of Anglesey
Locality: Holyhead Mountain
Traditional County: Anglesey
Erected in 1868 for Ellin, wife of The Honorable W Owen Stanley M.P., of Penrhos. Dated on a slate plaque fixed on the wall, above the right entrance doorway. Now used as an information centre and observation tower for the RSPB.
A picturesque castellated folly, 2-storey and square in plan with an advanced, raised tower at the SE corner. Built of rubble masonry, roughcast rendered with a flat roof and projecting crenellated parapet. The tower has a square-headed entrance in the lower stage with single square-headed light above and 'arrow slits' in each face above. Another square-headed doorway to the right has a slate plaque above which reads: TWR ELLIN, ERECTED IN 1868, BY ELLIN, WIFE OF THE HONBLE W. OWEN STANLEY, M.P. OF PENRHOS, MAY ALL WHO VISIT THIS PLACE BLESS HER MEMORY. BENDITHIED PAWB A YMWELANT A'R LLE HWN EI CHOFFADWRIATH. There are large 3-pane windows in the right return and rear walls with a smaller single pane light in the left return.
Included as a late C19 folly retaining much of its character, and of particular local interest for its connection with the Stanley family of Penrhos.
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