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Derry Ormond Tower

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llangybi, Ceredigion

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1454 / 52°8'43"N

Longitude: -4.0623 / 4°3'44"W

OS Eastings: 258983

OS Northings: 251680

OS Grid: SN589516

Mapcode National: GBR DS.6WJP

Mapcode Global: VH4GQ.JBTQ

Entry Name: Derry Ormond Tower

Listing Date: 28 February 1952

Last Amended: 24 February 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9820

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated very prominently overlooking the Dulas valley from a 219 m spur of hill between the two minor valleys of the Afon Denys and Nant Dyfel. Reached across fields from Penparc Farm.

County: Ceredigion

Town: Lampeter

Community: Llangybi

Community: Llangybi

Locality: Betws Bledrws

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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History

Eye-catcher column built for John Jones of Derry Ormond 1821-4, to design of Charles James of Llanddewi Brefi `inventor of the Tower at Derry Ormond and the Romantic Arch at Hafod'. The design may have been suggested by C.R. Cockerell, architect of the new house at Derry Ormond 1824-5 whose notebooks apparently have sketches of various existing monumental columns. David J. Morgan, of Brynmaen, Llanddewi Brefi, (1797-1872) is called "the contractor and builder of the Derry Ormond Tower" on his gravestone at Betws Bledrws. The column was built to relieve unemployment.

Exterior

Monumental column on very large square pedestal, of some 38.7 m overall. Coursed squared rubble stone. The pedestal is all to a very large scale: 8.3 m high, 4.3 m wide. Two-step plinth, tall main part, pierced on E side for pointed doorway with stone voussoirs. Door infilled in concrete block. Far projecting two-step cornice of rough stone. The column itself, of 31.4 m, has a square plinth, rounded base, and tall shaft with some entasis or swelling, 3.8 m diameter at base. At the top, a neck ring and then an eroded band of corbelling now under slate slabs, but apparently once a viewing platform. The top was consolidated in concrete in 1971. Narrow loops to light stair are pierced through the shaft at various points.

Interior

Now blocked, has a stone winding stair.

Reasons for Listing

Listed Grade II* as one of the most prominent romantic monuments in the region, of which the Pendinas Column of 1853 at Aberystwyth is the only other of similar form.

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