The Square Tower
The Square Tower
tel:- +44 75 4172 1422
web address:- www.squaretower.co.uk
The Square Tower :-
Built in the late 15th century as a residence for the military govenor of Portsmouth. After which it was a gun powder store.
Venue type Historical Building
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 2
Function room names and capacities:
Upper Hall - Holds upto 80 guests
Lower Hall - Holds upto 100 guests
Guests rooms available: n/a
Local accommodation: There are many hotels within the portsmouth area.
Dedicated wedding planner available Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Yes
Wedding services provided: The venue currently is Ceremony only. Ceremonies are tailor made to meet your requiriements by our Wedding Co-ordinator to ensure your ceremony is beautiful and everything you wish for.
Many couples who have their ceremony at the Square Tower then hold their reception at Southsea Castle only 5 minutes car journey down the coastline.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: The Square Tower is located right next to the beach with stunning views taking in the entrance to the Harbour, Gosport and The Isle if Wight. There are also some stunning brick archways outside of the building and stone steps leading up to the seafront walkway that make lovely group shots.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: Both halls are beautifully decorated and still hold orginal features such as Herringbone brickwork fireplaces, painted sheilds of the Old Governors of Portsmouth and an original Tudor Window in the Upper Hall where you can see the walls are upto seventeen feet thick in places.
Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: The Round Tower is only 100 yards away and provides some lovely photo opportunities.
Venue History: The Tower was originally built in 1494 as part of the fortifications for Portsmouth and was home to the Governor of Portsmouth.
Around 1584 it was converted into a store for gunpowder but in 1642, during the English Civil War the town's governor threatened to blow up the gunpowder in the Square Tower which would have destroyed half of the town so the gunpowder was relocated and in 1779 the tower then became home to The Royal Navy's meat store.
It was used as a meat store until the 1850's when it was moved to a new home in Gosport. During the 20th Century the Square Tower was manned during the two world wars and was also used by sea scouts and harbour pilots
In 1635 Portsmouth was presented with a gilded lead bust of King Charles I to commemorate his safe return to England from abroad in 1623.
A copy of the commemorative bust was set into the outside wall of the tower can still be seen there today, the original bust can be viewed at Portsmouth City Museum. The King Charles I Bust is Portsmouth's oldest public monument.
The Tower was restored to it's present condition between 1979 and 1986. An archaeological examination revealed centuries-old features such as windows and fireplaces which are all visible today.
Other information: To arrange a viewing of the venue please contact Layona on 075 4172 1422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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