ONE of Barry’s most iconic landmarks has gone under the hammer and fetched £60,000 at auction following an intense bidding war.

Venue and telephone bidders vied for the 19th century grade II-listed Watchtower, at Cold Knap, at the Park Inn Hotel, Cardiff on Thursday. (March 27)

The Vale Council-owned Lias limestone building, listed as lot 42 with Paul Fosh Auctions, attracted significant interest and producers from BBC Homes Under The Hammer filmed the event.

A London-based man, with Barry connections, has bought the two-storey tower.

It was built around 1860 as a coastguard station and has also seen use as a tea room.