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Shortflatt Tower

Hob Uid: 21041
Location :
Northumberland
Belsay
Grid Ref : NZ0793080990
Summary : Three storey tower, probably of late 15th/early 16th century date, although a licence to crenelate was granted in 1305. . An early 17th century house adjoins to the east, with two parallel wings running north from it. The house is now two storeyed, but internal and external evidence suggest that there were formerly three.
More information : [NZ 07938099] Shortflatt Tower [L.B.] (1)

Built after 1296 (licence to crenellate 1305), but much altered. A
house with 16th/17th c features is attached to it. (2)

See photograph. (3)

Tunnel-vaulted tower with battlements and stone spouts. 16th or 17th century house attached. (4) (For full description see list).

Shortflatt Tower. Three storey tower, probably of late 15th/early 16th century date. An early 17th century house adjoins to the east, with two parallel wings running north from it. The house is now two storeyed, but internal and external evidence suggest that there were formerly three. Listed Grade I. (5)

A timber manor house existed on the site from 1206, but following a severe fire in the mid 1290s, the manor house was cleared and replaced by a tower house, so strong as to be referred to as a `fortalice'. However, lack of money meant that the tower was in a poor state of repair by 1490, and it was not until the rearly C17, when it had passed on to William Selby, that it was repaired and put into good order. He cleared away the small east wing, built a comfortable manor house, and a North wing was added later. (6)

Listed by King. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6"(Prov) 1957
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Source : The Buildings of England
Source details : Pevsner, N. 1957. Buildings of England: Northumb. (290)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHP 10-OCT-68
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE(HHR) Castle Ward RD, Northum, July 1968, 7
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Castle Morpeth, 22-AUG-1986
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Source Number : 6
Source : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Page(s) : 265-6
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Source Number : 7
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 : Extant
Monument End Date : 1299
Monument Start Date : 1206
Monument Type : Manor House
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built 1305
Monument End Date : 1305
Monument Start Date : 1305
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Ruined by 1490
Monument End Date : 1490
Monument Start Date : 1490
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Early C17 restoration
Monument End Date : 1632
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 238556
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NZ 08 SE 9
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NZ 08 SE 9
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1968-10-10
End Date : 1968-10-10