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South West Dockyard Tower

A Scheduled Monument in Pembroke Dock (Doc Penfro), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.6939 / 51°41'37"N

Longitude: -4.9601 / 4°57'36"W

OS Eastings: 195518

OS Northings: 203606

OS Grid: SM955036

Mapcode National: GBR G7.W7MK

Mapcode Global: VH1RZ.ZP5B

Entry Name: South West Dockyard Tower

Scheduled Date: 4 October 1959

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2057

Cadw Legacy ID: PE332

Schedule Class: Maritime

Category: Tower

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Pembroke Dock (Doc Penfro)

Built-Up Area: Pembroke Dock

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of two towers, dated to 1851 and placed south-west and north-east of the Dockyard. They flank the wall and cover the immediate seaward approaches. Constructed between high and low waterworks, entered at 1st floor level by means of catwalks. The entrances are machicolated. Three stored with magazine in basement. Other two floors used a barrack accommodation (formerly) but provided with casements beside windows. Heavy guns mounted on roof which have thick parapets with benqette.

North East Tower: Three lobed in plan, mounting 3 guns. Occupied by Air Ministry. South West Tower: Basically D - shaped, Some modern brick buildings on roof. Owned by W D and used by local sea-scouts. (ADS) The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of construction techniques. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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