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The Portobello Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Hilton, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6395 / 52°38'22"N

Longitude: -2.0753 / 2°4'31"W

OS Eastings: 395000

OS Northings: 304646

OS Grid: SJ950046

Mapcode National: GBR 2B7.J3Y

Mapcode Global: WHBFM.3X1B

Entry Name: The Portobello Tower

Listing Date: 16 May 1953

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1374118

English Heritage Legacy ID: 271784

Location: Hilton, South Staffordshire, Staffordshire, WV11

County: Staffordshire

District: South Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Hilton

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Shareshill St Luke and St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text


SJ 90 SE HILTON C.P. HILTON PARK

7/16 The Portobello
Tower
16.5.53
- II

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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