The Mount (Gibraltar)

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The Mount
The Mount, Gibraltar.jpg
The Mount in 1879
The Mount (Gibraltar) is located in Gibraltar
The Mount (Gibraltar)
Location of The Mount within Gibraltar.
General information
Type Official residence
Architectural style Georgian
Address Europa Road
Country Gibraltar
Coordinates 36°07′28″N 5°20′56″W / 36.124563°N 5.348856°W / 36.124563; -5.348856Coordinates: 36°07′28″N 5°20′56″W / 36.124563°N 5.348856°W / 36.124563; -5.348856
Completed 1797
Owner Government of Gibraltar

The Mount is the former official residence of the senior officer of the Royal Navy stationed in Gibraltar.[1]


The Mount is said to have been built in 1797[1] but one of it first residents was Captain Harry Harmwood who was a Naval Commissioner in Gibraltar from 1793 to 1794. The Mount was purchased in 1799 and for over two hundred years it was the home of the most senior naval officer in Gibraltar.[2] It was part of the military presence here even before the massive extension of the naval facilities at the end of the nineteenth century when £1.5m was spent on work that included three dry docks and the Detached Mole.[3] That work had originally been suggested in 1871 by Captain Augustus Phillimore who was the senior naval officer in Gibraltar and would have lived here.

Colonel William Willoughby Cole Verner at The Mount, Sanger-Shepherd process, by Sarah Angelina Acland, 1903.

In 1903 it was home to early use of colour photography. In 1903 Sarah Angelina Acland visited her brother Admiral Sir William Acland in Gibraltar. She was said to be earliest traveller to use colour photography. Acland took photographs of Europa Point looking out from Europe to Africa, pictures of flora in the Admiral's residence, The Mount and a photo of the local ornithologist Colonel William Willoughby Cole Verner. He would have had to keep still for two minutes whilst three different pictures were taken to capture the red, blue and green components of the image.[4] In 1904 she exhibited in Britain 33 three-colour prints under the title The Home of the Osprey, Gibraltar.[5]

Currently The Mount is owned by the Government of Gibraltar. It is used as a wedding venue.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c Government of Gibraltar (ed.). "Getting married". 
  2. ^ Musteen, Jason R. (2011). Nelson's Refuge: Gibraltar in the Age of Napoleon. Naval Institute Press. p. 402. ISBN 978-1591145455. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Fa, Darren; Clive Finlayson (2006). The Fortifications of Gibraltar 1068-1945. Osprey. p. 40. 
  4. ^ "news release "Sarah Angelina Acland re-discovered as one of the pioneers of colour photography"". mattersphotographical. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "1904 Forty-ninth Annual Exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain". De Montfort University. Retrieved 24 February 2013.