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Mortham Tower

Hob Uid: 19934
Location :
County Durham
Rokeby
Grid Ref : NZ0863014200
Summary : Fortified manor house, parts of which date from the 14th century. The tower was added in the later 15th century; the south west range, courtyard wall and gateway were built in the early 16th century and the solar was remodelled in the later 16th century. The hall was converted into a barn circa 1820. Restoration work was carried out in 1939. The house comprises a number of ranges set around a courtyard with the south side closed by a wall with a central gateway.
More information : (NZ 08631420) Mortham Tower (NR) (1)

Mortham Tower, a Medieval courtyard house attached to a pele tower (2) is said to have been built about the time of Henry VIII
(1485-1509) and to have been altered in the 18th century (3). In 1973 it was still known as Mortham Tower and in use as a private residence (4). Grade 2* (2). (2-4)

Fortified manor house, parts of which date from the 14th century. The tower was added in the later 15th century; the south west range, courtyard wall and gateway were built in the early 16th century; and the solar was remodelled in the later 16th century. The hall was converted into a barn circa 1820. Restoration work was carried out in 1939. The house comprises a number of ranges set around a courtyard with the south side closed by a wall with a central gateway. Listed Grade II*. (5)

Listed by Cathcart King. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" Prov Edn 1953
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Startforth RD Yorks NR June 1965 14
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Source Number : 3
Source : The Victoria history of the county of York, North Riding, volume one
Source details : Victoria County History, Yorks North Riding 1 1914 110-11
Page(s) : 110-111
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DS 09-MAR-73
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Teesdale, 28-OCT-1987
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Source Number : 6
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 : C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1300
Monument Type : Great Hall, Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Late C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1467
Monument Type : Fortified Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Early C16
Monument End Date : 1532
Monument Start Date : 1500
Monument Type : Fortified Manor House, Wall, Gate, Courtyard
Evidence : Extant Building, Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Remodelled later C16
Monument End Date : 1599
Monument Start Date : 1567
Monument Type : Fortified Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Converted c1820
Monument End Date : 1830
Monument Start Date : 1810
Monument Type : Barn
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Restored 1939
Monument End Date : 1939
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 111727
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NZ 01 SE 4
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NZ 01 SE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1973-03-09
End Date : 1973-03-09