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IoE Number: 261509
Location: ALFRED'S TOWER, KINGSETTLE HILL (south side)
Photographer: Mr Steve Burman
Date Photographed: 21 August 2003
Date listed: 24 March 1961
Date of last amendment: 24 March 1961
Grade I

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ST73NWBREWHAM CPKINGSETTLE HILL (South side)2/4Alfred's Tower24.3.61

ST73NW BREWHAM CP KINGSETTLE HILL (South side) 2/4 Alfred's Tower 24.3.61 I 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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