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The Tower and Beeches, West Bedlington

Description: The Tower and Beeches

Grade: II
Date Listed: 18 December 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 235934

OS Grid Reference: NZ2606081627
OS Grid Coordinates: 426060, 581627
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1283, -1.5928

Location: 12 Towers Close, Wansbeck, Northumberland NE22 5RS

Locality: West Bedlington
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE22 5RS

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Listing Text

NZ 2681 NW (East side)

9/63 The Tower and
The Beeches


House, now 2 dwellings. Late C18, extended and altered 1910. Coursed rubble
with tooled or tooled-and-margined quoins and dressings; green slate roof
except for blue slates on 1910 south extension. Front elevation 2 + 3 storeys,
4 bays, in 2 sections. Left part set forward; left bay has 2-storey bay window
with paired sash windows; 12-pane upper leaf, plate-glass lower; to right porch
with renewed door, plain overlight and battlemented parapet, with 8-pane sash
above. Hipped roof with corniced ridge stack. On right 3-storey tower with
early C20 bronze sundial in moulded stone surround below 2nd floor 12-pane sash
in alternating-block surround. Corbelled-out battlemented parapet carrying
small corniced stack on right. Right return of tower shows 12-pane sash at 1st
floor level. Recessed right part shows two 8-pane sashes to 1st floor of left
bay; right bay is 1910 extension with altered windows. Roof hipped to right
with 2 ridge stacks, the left rendered, the right stepped-and-corniced.

2-bay left return shows 12-pane sashes in alternating-block surrounds. Rear
elevation with 1910 canted bay.

Interior: open-well stair in tower, with stick balusters and steeply-ramped
moulded handrail.

Formerly known as Tower Cottage; at one time a school. The tower is said to
have been constructed as an atronomical observatory by a C18 curate.

C20 extension on south is not of special interest.

Listing NGR: NZ2606081627

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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