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HER Number:MDV31780
Name:Peel Tower, Braunton


Built in 1857 for Thomas Mortimer of Franklyn Cottage. Creeper-clad rubble 3-stage tower with first floor access to rear.


Grid Reference:SS 491 367
Map Sheet:SS43NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NE/121
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 98289

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TOWER (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 8SE (Cartographic). SDV17296.

'Peel Tower' shown.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV320771.

Tower not shown.

Department of Environment, 1985, Braunton, 16 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV73918.

Peel tower, built 1857 for Thomas Mortimer of Franklyn Cottage. Creeper-clad rubble 3-stage tower with first floor access to rear. Floors and roof collapsed.Three square-headed openings with timber lintels on sides and rear of first stage, the sill of rear opening lowered by loss of rubble. Front wall opening has also been knocked out but semi-circular brick arch mostly survives. Square opening in top stage rear wall with timber lintel. The inner bottom stage walls are splayed in the corners. Originally "the lower basement part (was intended) for a greenhouse: the apartment above a study: and at the top an observatory; between the second and third compartment is a niche, intended for a statue of Sir R(obert) Peel", according to Billings directory (1857). Originally the tower was surmounted by a castellated parapet and corner finials (a small plaque in retaining wall near back door of Franklins Cottage is inscribed "Disraeli's Refuge: sneering, Jeering, Satirical Ben/ most specious of Sophists and Spiteful of men"). Other details: 12/47.

Goodwin, N. D. + Aker, R. H., 1989, Peel Tower (Worksheet). SDV341316.

Site visit 18th July 1989. Tower facing south west overlooking estuary. View now blocked by trees. Corners inside on ground floor angled off except south east corner. Arched window in south west top floor. Rectangular window to north east top floor. Measurements: tower square, each side 4.1 metres, height 8-9 metres, opening to south west 1.6 metres wide. Other details: Slide (not in Parish File).

North Devon District Council, 2003, North Devon Buildings at Risk Survey 2000-2003, 19 (Report - Survey). SDV344372.

Listed as a ruin, but brick arch to front now gone - deteriorating rapidly with unconsolidated masonry and extensive plant growth. Other details: Photographs.

Ordnance Survey, 2008, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV340009.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17296Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 8SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV320771Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 Map. Map (Paper).
SDV340009Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2008. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Digital. [Mapped feature: #87257 ]
SDV341316Worksheet: Goodwin, N. D. + Aker, R. H.. 1989. Peel Tower. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV344372Report - Survey: North Devon District Council. 2003. North Devon Buildings at Risk Survey 2000-2003. North Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 19.
SDV73918List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1985. Braunton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 16.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4599 - North Devon Buildings at Risk Survey 2000-2003

Date Last Edited:Aug 13 2015 12:07PM