MHG3115 - Cromwell's Fort (Clock Tower), Inverness


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Type and Period (1)

  • CLOCK TOWER (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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Full Description

The clock tower was excluded from the List of Scheduled Monuments on 10/02/2003, as it was deemed that its status as a Category B listed building provides a more appropriate means of protection. (KC 29/04/03)

See Report No's 878 and 879. Report Library.
Excavation and Condition Report.
See assoc. docs. File for Report 878 (photos).
J Aitken : 23/05/02.
See Parent record NH64NE0004 for the Fort as a whole.

John Wood

NMRS record:

NH64NE 132 6644 4639

The clock-tower, with the ruins of the rampart and a fragment of the barracks, still stands to witness to what was once a formidable fortress.
G Erye-Todd 1923.

There also remains the bottom part of the clock tower, re-roofed, and re-furnished with a clock.... this tower was extant in 1693....
J Fraser 1910.

The clock tower still stands, in a good state of repair. It is an almost square tower (3.1m x 3.2m) of ashlar masonry with a string course c. 3.0m above ground level and is surmounted by a slated belfry with weather-vane There is a small rectangular doorway in the SE side. The clock and the bell are in good working order. The tower would appear to date from the 18th Century.
Visited by OS (W D J) 31 March 1960

MNRS Library
"Scottish Country Life" June 1928 p 177 photograph

Cromwell's Clock Tower. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13601.

Cromwell's Fort (Clock Tower), Inverness (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14281.

Cromwell's Fort (Clock Tower), Inverness (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14282.

Cromwell's Fort (Clock Tower), Inverness (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14283.

Cromwell's Fort (Clock Tower), Inverness (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14284.

Cromwell's Fort (Clock Tower), Inverness (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14285.

Cromwell's Fort (Clock Tower), Inverness (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14286.

Cromwell's Tower. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12316.

Cromwell's Tower. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12317.

Cromwell's Tower. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12318.

Inverness, Cromwell's Fort, clock tower (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph). SHG8631.

NSA, 1845, The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, Vol.14 (Inverness), 15 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2597.

Fraser, J, 1910, 'Cromwell's fort and Inverness harbour', Trans Inverness Sci Soc Fld Club Vol. 6 1899-1906, p.93-102, 98ff (Text/Publication/Article). SHG488.

Eyre-Todd, G, 1923, Famous Scottish burghs: their romantic story (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2175.

Cruden, S, 1963, The Scottish castle, 229-30 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2086.

Tait, A A, 1965, 'The protectorate citadels of Scotland', Architect Hist Vol. 8 1965, p.9-19, 11, 12, 13-15 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1709.

RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of North-east Inverness, Inverness District, Highland Region, 27 (Text/Report). SHG2673.

David Perry, 1998, Inverness: an historical and archaeological review, 831-57 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG309.

Highland Council, 2009-11, Site visit photographs by Kerry Bennett, Conservation Officer (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24494.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6644 4639 (11m by 10m)
Map sheet NH64NE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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