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Description: Whittingham Tower and Attached Cottage
Date Listed: 21 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 236208
OS Grid Reference: NU0692411884
OS Grid Coordinates: 406924, 611884
Latitude/Longitude: 55.4009, -1.8922
WHITTINGHAM ROAD TO CALLALY
NU 0611-0711 (North side, off)
25/123 Whittingham Tower
21.10.53 and attached cottage
Towerhouse, which became ruinous and was converted into almshouses. Late C13 or
early C14,, remodelled 1845 by Countess Ravensworth; cottage C18 or early C19.
Squared medieval masonry below, apparently of 2 periods with more massive earlier
work in the lower courses and possibly C16 masonry above. Ashlar in C19 sections.
On south, west and north sides medieval masonry reaches to 2nd floor sill level,
on east side to 1st floor window only.
3 storeys. Square.
Ground floor doorway on south side has medieval jambs and C17 round-headed top
with continuous chamfer.
On east side, 4 steps with iron railings up to Tudor-headed door of 1845 with
By the munificense of Piety of
This ancient Tower which was formerly
Used by the village as a place of refuge
In time of rapine and insecurity
Was repaired and otherwise embellished
For the use and benefit of the deserving Poor.
Windows, all of 1845, are 1- and 2-light diamond-paned casements in chamfered
C19 battlemented parapet, projecting on close-set rounded corbels. Higher
turret in north-east corner.
Interior has walls 8% ft, thick. Tunnel-vaulted ground floor.
Attached, altered cottage with stone-slate roof on west side. Birthplace, in
1745, of Henry Ogle, inventor of the threshing machine.
Northumberland County History: Vol. XIV.
Listing NGR: NU0692411884
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Source: English Heritage
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