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North East Martello Tower

A Grade II* Listed Building in Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6962 / 51°41'46"N

Longitude: -4.9474 / 4°56'50"W

OS Eastings: 196406

OS Northings: 203835

OS Grid: SM964038

Mapcode National: GBR G7.WBYQ

Mapcode Global: VH1S0.6MCJ

Entry Name: North East Martello Tower

Listing Date: 18 February 1994

Last Amended: 18 February 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14354

Building Class: Defence

Location: Situated some 50m off foreshore, close to NE corner of dockyard.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Pembroke Dock (Doc Penfro)

Community: Pembroke Dock

Built-Up Area: Pembroke Dock

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History

1848-51 offshore defensive tower, built by J. and C. Rigby, contractors of London, for the Board of Ordnance; one of a pair with the smaller South West Tower at Fort Road. The towers were primarily designed to command the roads E and S of the dockyard.

Built to accommodate officers and 33 men, with basement stores, 12,500 gallon water tank and magazine for 198 barrels of powder. The main floor had two soldiers' rooms and officers quarters. The roof had 3 x 32-panel guns mounted on traversing platforms and four brass 12-panel howitzers. The armament appears to have been removed in 1881.

Exterior

Limestone ashlar, basement and main storey plus top gun-platform. Trefoil plan with flat front to landward, curved ends and curved seaward side. Battered walls to heavy bull-nose moulding under high coped parapet. S side has centre parabolic arched recess breaking cornice with rusticated voussoirs. Six small musketry loops in parapet over. Within arch is granite rusticated doorway dated: 'VR 1851'; two loops each side and iron hoist to left. One window above with keystone. To left and right of arch, single loop, then curved ends each with three camber-headed, ashlar framed windows with smaller square openings above. Seaward side not inspected.

Scheduled Ancient Monument, Pe 332

Reasons for Listing

An important example of Victorian military engineering.
Group value with other listed structures at Pembroke Dockyard.

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