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Tower on Tower Hill

A Grade II Listed Building in Abergele, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2705 / 53°16'13"N

Longitude: -3.5723 / 3°34'20"W

OS Eastings: 295239

OS Northings: 375985

OS Grid: SH952759

Mapcode National: GBR 3ZHM.DB

Mapcode Global: WH65G.3253

Plus Code: 9C5R7CCH+53

Entry Name: Tower on Tower Hill

Listing Date: 27 October 1950

Last Amended: 5 August 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18658

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: The tower stands on the highest point of the hill, commanding extensive views of the Clwydian Range, the Lancashire coast, and to the W, Snowdonia.

County: Conwy

Town: Abergele

Community: Abergele

Community: Abergele

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The tower, sometimes called the Eleanor Tower, was probably built by Bamford Hesketh as part of the extensive medievalising works at Gwrych, although woodland has now interrupted the direct view from the castle. It may be a rebuild of an earlier tower, one of the series of watch towers built along the N Welsh coast.


Built of local Carboniferous limestone. A circular tower of walls approximately 1.3m thick, rising from a low battered plinth to approximately 10m, being 3m in diameter and of 2 storeys. Door openings on the N and S, with segmental heads. An offset in the wall carried the upper floor, now missing, which has one fireplace each side, and two square window openings, one each side of each fireplace. Parapet with crenels.

Reasons for Listing

Included as probably part of the picturesque landscape associated with the important medieval revival castle of Gwrych.

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  • II Pen-yr-Allt
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