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Alfred's Tower

A Grade I Listed Building in Brewham, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1149 / 51°6'53"N

Longitude: -2.365 / 2°21'54"W

OS Eastings: 374546

OS Northings: 135125

OS Grid: ST745351

Mapcode National: GBR 0TS.2WM

Mapcode Global: VH97Y.Y7LP

Entry Name: Alfred's Tower

Listing Date: 24 March 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1175610

English Heritage Legacy ID: 261509

Location: Brewham, South Somerset, Somerset, BA10

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Brewham

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


2/4 Alfred's Tower



Commemorative tower/folly. 1766. Flemish bond brickwork with red stretchers and grey headers; Chilmark stone dressings.
Triangular on plan with circular turrets to each corner, sides about 13 metres long; tower in 4 stages totalling some
40 metres high. Stepped stone plinth, string courses, cornice and battlemented parapets: South West turret a taller
stair turret with small lancet windows, 2 to outer and 3 to middle stages; corbelled balcony without railing, to small
circular chamber having open slit windows. North East face has a plain surround pointed arch to doorway, with plinth
and impost blocks, framing C20 metal doors; above a trefoil arch headed panel with inscription reading: ALFRED THE
GREAT/AD 879 on this Summit/Erected his Standard/Against Danish Invaders/To him we owe the origin of (juries)/The
Establishment of (a militia)/The Creation of a Naval Force/ALFRED The Lion of a (benighted) Age/Was a Philosopher and a
Christian/The Father of his People/The Founder of the English/MONARCHY and LIBERTY. Above this a corbelled plinth at
first string course level, the base to a segmental niche with triple column pilasters, and canopied, with poppy head
finials; in the recess a more than life size statue of King Alfred in semi-armour, the right forearm currently missing
(September 1983). The tower built by Henry Hoare (the Younger) of Stourhead, Wiltshire, as one of the many features on
that estate.

Listing NGR: ST7454635125

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