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Tower on St Michaels Hill

A Grade II Listed Building in Montacute, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.95 / 50°56'59"N

Longitude: -2.7224 / 2°43'20"W

OS Eastings: 349348

OS Northings: 116977

OS Grid: ST493169

Mapcode National: GBR MK.NG2K

Mapcode Global: FRA 565L.R5R

Entry Name: Tower on St Michaels Hill

Listing Date: 19 April 1961

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1057255

English Heritage Legacy ID: 263542

Location: Montacute, South Somerset, Somerset, TA15

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Montacute

Built-Up Area: Montacute

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

8/87 Tower on St. Michaels Hill
- II
Folly, used as signal tower. 1760. Ham stone ashlar, flat stone top. Circular on plan, about 3m diameter, and about 12m
tall: chamfered flat- arched doorway on east side, and 3 slit-light windows at various levels on north-west, south and
south-east sectors, illuminating the internal newel stone staircase; at the crown there is a string course, above which
the walls have a marked batter into the flat top: on the east face above the string is a cantilevered platform with
doorway at head of stairs, and an external stair to the flat top, without any surviving guard rails. There is a Greek
inscription over the doorway and the initials 'K.P. 1760' (but Edward Phelips was the likely builder). The hill was the
site of a Norman Castle, mostly demolished to build the Priory of Montacute: St. Michael's Chapel, first recorded 1102,
survived at least until the mid C17; its site now occupied by the tower, which was used as a signal tower to Swayne
Harbin at Newton Surmaville (using the Round House, Item 2/26 Barwick C.P., q.v) and Mr. Goodford, of Chilton Cantelo.
Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 101). (Nares S, Country Life, 5th September, 1952, p679).

Listing NGR: ST4934816977

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