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King Alfred's Tower

The tower is a Grade I listed building in the register of buildings having special architectural or historic interest.  The register is maintained by English Heritage, and the classification of Grade I denotes buildings 'of paramount importance to the nation'.

Shown below is the full List Description for King Alfred's Tower:

© Crown copyright. NMR. Reproduced under licence 1653

IoE number : 261509
Date listed : 24 MAR 1961
Date of last amendment : 24 MAR 1961
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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.

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