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Durlston Head Castle, Swanage

Description: Durlston Head Castle

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 March 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 108174

OS Grid Reference: SZ0339677264
OS Grid Coordinates: 403396, 77264
Latitude/Longitude: 50.5951, -1.9534

Location: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2JL

Locality: Swanage
Local Authority: Purbeck District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH19 2JL

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Listing Text

Durlston Head Castle
SZ 08 NW 2/48

Dated 1887 ihi a sundial fixed to the wall. Built by George Burt as the restaurant
for a holiday complex, the rest of which was never completed. Built of Purbeck
Stone in a castle form. Rectangular central block. Above the ground floor is a
moulded cornice with 4 ball finials, 4 pilasters with reeded capitals. Three
light casements and a round-headed doorcase now with glazed porch. Above the
ground floor is a large glazed belvedere and at its angles are 4 octagonal stone
turrets masking chimneys with pseudo-machicolation. To the south the building has
a steep battered plinth and has a resticated basement. There is a sundial and 2 tablets
on this elevation. A curtain wall extends to the east having 2 towers with battered
walls and bartizans. Against this wall is a stone lean-to, probably originally a
coach house supported on 2 cast iron Persian columns and 5 slender columns with
plumed capitals. The interior has a circular iron staircase. The forecourt wall
incorporates 3 tapering cylindrical gate piers each one having one word of 'Durlston
Head Castle' inscribed. The building has interests as an early example of a planned
holiday complex and local historical interest.

Listing NGR: SZ0339677264

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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