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Conygar Tower

Hob Uid: 36941
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Dunster
Grid Ref : SS9917944101
Summary : Conygar Tower is a hollow tower built in the late 18th century to enhance the landscape around Dunster Castle. It was designed by Richard Phelps for Henry Fownes Luttrell, the owner of Dunster Castle. The tower is circular, and 7.9m in diameter with walls of mortared local stone some 0.8m thick. It is hollow, ie there are no internal features, floors or roof. The top of the walls are crenallated. The tower has three sets of arched windows, which decrease in size as the tower ascends. This is a Grade II listed monument. Conygar tower is also mentioned in record SS 94 SE 58.
More information : [SS 9918 4410] Conygar Tower [NAT] (1)

A hollow tower and other artificial ruins were built on Conygar Hill
in about 1775 (2). Conygar Tower is a navigator's aid and prospect
tower of two four-windowed storeys (3). (2)(3)

Conygar Tower, Grade II. Erected in 1775. Folly. (For full
description see list.) (4)

Built c.1760-70 as part of the 18th century improvements of Dunster
Castle (SS 94 SE 6). (5)

Conygar Tower lies on the southwest edge of a small hill immediately to the north of Dunster, at SS 9918 4410. The tower is circular, and 7.9m in diameter with walls of mortared local stone some 0.8m thick. It is hollow, ie there are no internal features, floors or roof. The top of the walls are crenallated. The tower has three sets of arched windows, which decrease in size as the tower ascends. The windows give a panoramic view of the surrounding country and sea. The tower was approached by a ruined gatehoue, some 500m to the northwest (SS 94 SE 101) (6).

Conygar Tower was built around 1775. It was designed by Richard Phelps to enhance the landscape around Dunster Castle, which was then owned by H F Luttrell. It cost #76 11s 1/2d to build, #4 2s 6d in scrumpy for the workmen, and an entertainment when it was complete cost #2 5s. (7)

Conygar tower is also mentioned in SS 94 SE 58, UID 1119484. (8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10000 1974
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Source : The Archaeological Journal
Source details : (H C Maxwell-Lyte)
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Vol(s) : 37, 1880
Source Number : 2a
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Dunster Manor Office, Box iv
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Source Number : 3
Source : Follies
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) West Somerset District (Dunster Ph) Somerset 4th August 1983 45
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Source Number : 5
Source : South and west Somerset
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Riley H 1998 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Binding, H nd Discovering Dunster, a history and guide
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Source Number : 8
Source : RCHME/EH/HE Aerial Photographers comment
Source details : Amanda Dickson/12-APR-2007/English Heritage: Gloucestershire County Coucil: Severn Estuary NMP, Rapid Coastal Zone Assesment
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Folly, Tower
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33578
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 99/01183
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 SE 38
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1119484
Relationship type : General association

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