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Description: The Portobello Tower
Date Listed: 16 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 271784
OS Grid Reference: SJ9500004646
OS Grid Coordinates: -691026, -15286931
Latitude/Longitude: 1,000.0000, 1,000.0000
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SJ 90 SE HILTON C.P. HILTON PARK
7/16 The Portobello
Commemorative tower. Between 1739 and 1765. For Henry Vernon, perhaps
by Richard Trubshaw of Haywood, Staffs. Ashlar with herringbone pattern
tooling. Hexagonal piers. 3 stages with moulded plinth and storey bands.
Ground floor door-way to the south with raised and beaded architrave and lintel
ramped up to a keystone. On the north side of the tower directly opposite
the door is a niche with similar surround containing a marble plaque inscribed:
"THIS TOWER WAS ERECTED BY / HENRY VERNON OF HILTON PARK / BORN 13th SEPTEMBER
1718, DIED 1765 / TO COMMEMORATE THE TAKING OF PORTOBELLO / WITH SIX SHIPS
OF THE LINE NOV 22nd 1739 BY / ADMIRAL VERNON / BORN 12th NOVEMBER 1684, DIED
1757 / IN 1763 A MONUMENT WAS ERECTED TO / ADMIRAL VERNON IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY
/ A.L.V. 1911. Semi-circular arched windows with raised surrounds, bracketed
sills, imposts and raised keys to the upper stages. Interior. Spiral stair-
case leading to the top of the tower. The Portobello Tower must have been
built between 1739 when Admiral Vernon took Portobello and 1765 when Henry
Vernon died. Richard Trubshaw is recorded as having worked for Henry Vernon
at Hilton in 1748 and he may have been the architect of Hilton Park (q.v.)
of circa 1720-30. It is possible that he was also the architect of The Porto-
bello Tower. Admiral Vernon is reputed to have introduced the custom of
watering the rum that was issued to his sailors. The new drink was known
as grog and took its name from Vernon's own nickname "Old Grog" which was a
reference to the cloak of grogram that he habitually wore. The Portobello
Tower is now roofless and derelict. B.o.E. p.147; Colvin pp. 842-3.
Listing NGR: SJ9500004646
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