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Chatley Semaphore Tower, Cobham

Description: Chatley Semaphore Tower

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 August 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 286982

OS Grid Reference: TQ0894258506
OS Grid Coordinates: 508942, 158506
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3152, -0.4382

Location: M25, Surrey KT10 8QS

Locality: Cobham
Local Authority: Elmbridge Borough Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: KT10 8QS

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Listing Text


374/7/413 Chatley Semaphore
Tower (Formerly listed
as Semaphore House,
Chatley Lane)

14.8.53 II*

Semaphore tower. 1822; restored after fire-damage 1989. Red brick in Flemish bond; stone coping to parapet of tower hiding flat roof; hipped Welsh slate roof to porch and kitchen wing; brick chimneys. Octagonal tower of 5 storeys with basement; square porch on north side; kitchen wing of one-storey and basement, one bay, on south side. Tower: deep plinth; plat band over ground floor and below parapet; alternate faces of tower recessed; windows to entrance and alternate sides, the rear side having stack and other sides blind windows. Windows have 1989 12-pane sashes, projecting ashlar cills and guaged brick arches. Rising from roof, 1989 replica semaphore mast. Porch, up flight of 5 replacement stone steps with plain railings, has 1989 6-panel door and side-windows. Kitchen wing: 6-pane 1989 basement windows; 12-pane sash on west side; 1989 door on gable end; rebuilt impost band and brickwork above. Interior: gutted by fire 1984 and restored. One re-installed original fireplace (in "parlour").
The tower went out of use as a signalling tower in 1847, after which it was used as domestic accomodation.
An unusually fine example of the early-C19 telegraph-signalling stations and the only surviving tower type.

Listing NGR: TQ0894258506

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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