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Arnside Tower

Hob Uid: 41500
Location :
Cumbria
South Lakeland
Arnside
Grid Ref : SD4577076840
Summary : A medieval/post medieval tower house is visible as a ruined building on air photographs. The feature is extant on the latest 1991 Ordnance Survey vertical photography. Ruined remains of of a rare freestanding tower house without a hall-block. Probably built in the 15th century, it was burnt in 1602, repaired, probably in the mid 17th century, and dismantled in 1684-90. Formerly five storeys, with massive limestone rubble walls with roughly dressed stone details. Although the building was ruinous at the time of survey, it appears to be a unique example in this area of a freestanding tower built without a hall block.
More information : (SD 4577 7684) Arnside Tower (NR) (Remains of) (1)

A large pele-tower, formerly of four and five storeys, built probably in the 15th c; burnt in 1602; finally dismantled in 1684-90. In 1884 the SW angle and most of the S wall was blown down in a hurricane. A good example of the larger pele-towers of the district. (2)

Arnside Tower
Fortified Tower House. Probably C15. Burnt 1602, repaired probably mid C17, dismantled C17. Massive limestone rubble walls with roughly dressed stone details. Staircase tower of rectangular plan and projecting garderobe. Formerly 5 storeys. Window openings to all sides, some blocked or extended: surviving openings have square heads. Parapet, projecting on rounded corbels, survives to North-west corner. Interior has remains of cross-wall incorporating newel stair, fireplaces with stone lintels and a niche on the first floor said to have been used as a piscina which suggests that the East corner may have been a chapel. Although ruinous at time of survey it appears to be a unique example in this area of a freestanding tower without a hall block. (3)

SD 45968 Arnside Tower; scheduled. (4)

Listed with plan and photograph. (5)

Listed by Cathcart King. (7)

A medieval/post medieval tower house is visible as a ruined building on air photographs, centred at SD 4577 7684. The feature is extant on the latest 1991 Ordnance Survey vertical photography.
(8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1956
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Source : An inventory of the historical monuments in Westmorland
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Page(s) : 14-15
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Source Number : 3
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings Dist of South Lakeland Cumbria Sept 1985 p2
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Source Number : 4
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : English Heritage SAM List Cumbria 31.3.94
Page(s) : 37
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : South Lakeland, 20/9/1985
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Vol(s) : 454
Source Number : 6
Source : The medieval fortified buildings of Cumbria : an illustrated gazetteer and research guide
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Page(s) : 325
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Vol(s) : vol.29
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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Page(s) : 490
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Source Number : 8
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SD 4576/1 (12232/35) 26-MAY-1992
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Probably built C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1400
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Burnt 1602
Monument End Date : 1602
Monument Start Date : 1602
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Repaired prob mid C17
Monument End Date : 1666
Monument Start Date : 1633
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Dismantled 1684-90
Monument End Date : 1690
Monument Start Date : 1684
Monument Type : Tower House
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 : CU 325
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 7581
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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 76544
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Cumbria)
External Cross Reference Number : 2522
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SD 47 NE 12
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE:NORTH WEST COAST NMP RAPID COASTAL ZONE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-11-26
End Date : 2009-05-22