The Daymark

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The Daymark
The Daymark.jpg
The Daymark in Summer
The Daymark is located in Devon
The Daymark
Location within Devon
Alternative namesThe Tower
General information
TypeDay beacon
LocationFroward Point
Town or cityKingswear
CountryEngland
Coordinates50°20′32″N 3°32′33″W / 50.34222°N 3.54250°W / 50.34222; -3.54250
Elevation150m
Completed1864
OwnerDart Harbour Commissioners
Height24m (80ft)
Technical details
MaterialLimestone and Slate
DesignationsGrade II listed building

The Daymark (also known as The Tower) is a 24m (80ft) octagonal limestone day beacon, which was built in 1864[1], and which is situated in an arable field above Froward Point near the town of Kingswear, Devon, England.

Description[edit]

The daymark was constructed of local limestone and slate in an arable field. It is octagonal and sharply battered with a truncated open top, and has a tall narrow pointed head arch on each side, forming eight stilted pillars.[1]

Construction[edit]

In 1863, Charles Seale Hayne, who was the owner of Brownstone at that time, became a founder member of the Dartmouth Harbour Commission, whose main aim was to improve access and facilities to Dartmouth harbour. The following year, Seale Hayne leased land for the erection of this tower as a day beacon.[2] This was deemed to be required as Dartmouth Harbour is notoriously difficult to find from the sea, and hence was built to provide a navigational landmark for mariners.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic England. "THE TOWER, Kingswear (1108546)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  2. ^ "To The Daymark, Kingswear - A Great Walk". 2 June 2016.