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Cocklaw Tower

Hob Uid: 19198
Location :
Northumberland
Wall
Grid Ref : NY9392071160
Summary : Late 14th/early 15th century tower house, surviving as a shell. The stone-built tower is three-storeyed, with traces of 16th century wall painting surviving in the first floor chamber. The former prison on the ground floor was originally only accessible via a trapdoor from the chamber above.
More information : (NY93927116) Cocklaw Tower (L.B) (1)

A well-preserved pele-tower, probably 15thc. (2). There are indications of a moat, and external buildings, possibly a barmkin. (2-3)

The shell of the tower is in good condition. See photographs. There are no remains of a moat, or of external buildings, apart from a fragment of masonry abutting the south face of the tower, which may indicate a former curtain-wall. (4)

Cocklaw Tower. Grade I. Towerhouse, late C14 or early C15. large squared stone, probably re-used Roman material. Rectangular plan; 3 floors, each with single large chamber, smaller chamber to south and newel stair at south-east corner. Chamfered set-back above basement and hollow-chamfered cornice (largely fallen) below parapet. South elevation shows central pointed chamfered doorway to basement and scattered chamfered lops; above cornice, remains of taller turret at south-west corner. East elevation shows similar doorway at 1st floor level with window of 2 trefoil-headed lights (mullion gone) to right, also various chamfered loops; west elevation shows similar 2-light 1st-floor window, north elevation only loops. Interior: vaulted lobby with doorway to stair on right and hole broken through wall on left into former prison originally accessible only via trapdoor from painted chamber above. Main basement barrel vault partly fallen at north end. Painted chamber, with remains of C16 mural decoration, on south at 1st floor level, and garderobe to north-west. Mezzanine chamber on south between 1st and 2nd floors, entered only from stair. The virtually-intact shell of a towerhouse. (5)

NY 939 712. Cocklaw Tower. Scheduled No ND/67. (6)

Description. (7)

Listed by King. (8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 1964
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Source : Northumberland
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Page(s) : 128
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Source Number : 3
Source : A history of Northumberland, volume four : Hexhamshire, part two
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Page(s) : 180-4
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Vol(s) : vol.4
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 RWE 15-NOV-66
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Tynedale, Northumberland: 24-May-1988
Page(s) : 186
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Source Number : 6
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : Northumbs
Page(s) : 44
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Source Number : 7
Source : Transactions of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland
Source details : WH Knowles 'Cocklaw Tower'
Page(s) : 309-15
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Vol(s) : 4, 1895
Source Number : 8
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Late C14/early C15
Monument End Date : 1432
Monument Start Date : 1367
Monument Type : Tower House, Prison
Evidence : Ruined Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : ND 67
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 240098
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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 79052
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NY 97 SW 27
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NY 97 SW 27
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1966-11-15
End Date : 1966-11-15