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Clock Tower and Attached Walls, Purfleet

Description: Clock Tower and Attached Walls

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 November 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 119623

OS Grid Reference: TQ5499078552
OS Grid Coordinates: 554990, 178552
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4847, 0.2308

Location: Mulberry Dr, Thurrock RM19 1ZY

Locality: Purfleet
County: Thurrock
Country: England
Postcode: RM19 1ZY

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Listing Text

(West side)
Clock Tower and attached walls

(Formerly listed as:
Clock Tower)

Gateway and attached walls. c1760s, to the designs of James Gabriel Montresor, Royal Engineer. Flemish bond brown brick with slate roof. Lower stage with segmental-headed arch in each face, with stone keys and impost courses; deep stone band over with square panelled brick stage above. Roof surmounted by square pedimented stage, with circular clock faces. Square bell turret over with square dome and weathervane. A short (approx. 1.5m) section of the boundary wall has survived attached to the NE, the tall wall attached to the SW extending towards Centurion Way and comprising the former southern boundary of the magazine enclosure. Associated with the magazines built by Montresor, No. 5 Powder Magazine and the proof house (qqv) surviving from the powder depot at Purfleet.

This gateway and attached walls forms an integral part of the finest ensemble in any of the Ordnance Yards, consistent with the high standards practised by the Ordnance Board in its designs for fortifications and barracks from the C17.

(Report by Paul Pattison and Peter Guillery for RCHME, 1994, NMR, Swindon (NBR Index No. 93577); Paul Pattison and Peter Guillery, 'The Powder Magazines at Purfleet', in Georgian Group Journal, VI, 1996, pp.37-52)

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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