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Craster Tower

Hob Uid: 8089
Location :
Northumberland
Craster
Grid Ref : NU2510019600
Summary : Medieval tower, probably built in the late 14th century, now incorporated into a house built in 1769. The east wing was added in the 19th century. L-shaped in plan, with the tower set at the junction between the 1769 south block and the east wing.
More information : [NU 25101958] Tower [GT] Craster Tower. (1)

A list of 1460 (authorities (3) and (4) give the date as 1415)
mentions a tower at Craster, the property of Edmund Craster (2).

Craster Tower now forms part of a modern building. Rectangular in plan with external measurements of 35feet N-S by 29ft 2 ins E-W. The entrance is in the east wall, and is now approached from the offices in the hall. There is an outer doorway and an inner one which opens into a vaulted basement. In the passage between these doors, on the left on entering, is the door of the wheel stair that went up in the wall, here 6'5" thick, near the SE angle of the tower. None of the steps are visible although it is believed that they exist behind the blocking. The three doors mentioned are all of late 14th cent character with slightly pointed heads formed out of two stones. The basement is vaulted and measures 27'7" x 16'5". It contains the remains of two slit windows and a blocked fireplace. The sash windows in the west wall of the first and second floors, and the battlements of the tower are modern (4). (2-4)

At the time of investigation the occupants of Craster Tower were not available and the interior was not inspected. The exterior is
devoid of architecture save in the SW wall where the windows in the 1st and 2nd floors are modern. The walls are built of squared ashlar and are in a good state of preservation. (5)

Condition unchanged. (6)

Craster Tower. Medieval tower, probably built in the 14th century, now incorporated into a house built in 1769. The east wing was added in the 19th century. L-shaped in plan, with the tower set at the junction between the 1769 south block and the east wing. Listed Grade II*. (7)

Listed by Cathcart King and Dodds. (8,9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1926
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : History of Northumberland part 3 1820 39 (J Hodgson)
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Source : Archaeologia Aeliana : or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity
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Source Number : 4
Source : Northumberland County History
Source details : N C H 2 1895 167-8 (E Bateson)
Page(s) : 167-8
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JHO 17-MAR-55
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 BHP 12-DEC-69
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Source Number : 7
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Alnwick, 01-SEP-1988
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Source Number : 8
Source : Bastions and Belligerents: Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland
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Source Number : 9
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
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1367
Monument Type : Tower House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Incorporated into house 1769
Monument End Date : 1769
Monument Start Date : 1769
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Addition in the C19
Monument End Date : 1900
Monument Start Date : 1801
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 96898
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 236930
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NU 21 NE 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NU 21 NE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1955-03-17
End Date : 1955-03-17
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NU 21 NE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-12-12
End Date : 1969-12-12
Associated Activities : Primary, INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14