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HER Number:MDV33209
Name:Rushford Tower, Chagford

Summary

Small mid/late 19th century observation tower, constructed from granite stone rubble with large dressed quoins and some granite ashlar detail, originally two storeys high, the roof is now missing. Victorian Gothic in style. This small observation tower is situated in woodland owned by the Hayter-Hames family of Chagford House. The family used the woods for shooting parties and the tower was used by the women and children to watch the sport.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 702 890
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/16
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TOWER (Built, XIX - 1835 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1987, Chagford, 52 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV350463.

Rushford tower. Small observation tower, mid or late 19th century. Granite stone rubble laid to rough courses with large dressed quoins and some granite ashlar detail, roof is now missing. Small square section tower, originally two storeys high. It is Victorian Gothic in style. Twin lancet window. Granite stairs remain. Tiny slit window lighting the stairs. Tower used by women and children to watch shooting parties in the woods.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Rushford Tower' is depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

SX 78 NW CHAGFORD - 4/66 Rushford Tower 20.2.52 - II
Small observation tower. Mid or late C19. Granite stone rubble laid to rough courses with large dressed quoins and some granite ashlar detail; roof is now missing.
Plan and description: small square-section tower, originally 2 storeys high. It faces east with a circular newel stair turret projecting from the left (south) side and rising higher than the tower. It is Victorian Gothic in style. The tower front contains a relatively large doorway; a 2-centred arch with ashlar voussoirs, and it contains a plank door. Directly above is a twin lancet window with sunken spandrels in the headstone. At the top is a plain projecting stringcourse but the parapet above has collapsed. The stringcourse is continued round the stair turret. Below this is a tiny slit window lighting the stairs and above it a series of small plain lancets and another stringcourse at the top. Inside only the granite stairs remain. This small observation tower is situated in woodland owned by the Hayter-Hames family of Chagford House (q.v.). The family used the woods for shooting parties and the tower was used by the women and children to watch the sport.
Listing NGR: SX7026489052

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350463List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Chagford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Bound. 52.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #87741 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2018 11:06AM