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Description: Whitton Tower
Date Listed: 21 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 236335
OS Grid Reference: NU0565701052
OS Grid Coordinates: 405657, 601052
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3035, -1.9124
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4/96 Whitton Tower
Tower house and attached house, originally a 'vicar's pele' and later the
rectory; now divided into two units. C14 tower; attached house mid C19.
Tower squared stone, house ashlar; Welsh and Lakeland slate roofs. Irregular
plan. C19 house in Tudor style.
Entrance front entirely C19. 2 storeys, 4 bays. Castellated porch in 3rd bay.
Mullioned and mullion-and-transom windows, under hoodmoulds on ground floor,
floating cornices on 1st floor. Complex and irregular roofs with elaborate
kneelers, shaped gables and large corniced end stacks.
Attached to rear, 4-storey tower with chamfered plinth; 2 small slit windows
with chamfered surrounds lighting staircase. C19 mullion-and-transom bay
window with castellated top. Parapet and corner turrets C19. To rear the
shield of the Umfravilles.
Interior: Tower walls c.8 ft. thick. Basement has pointed tunnel vault
entered by doorway with shouldered lintel; fine ashlar well in floor. Ground
floor has high pointed tunnel vault divided into two rooms by later wall.
Ground-floor entrance has tunnel-vaulted wall passage whose inner and outer
doorways have pointed arches and continuous chamfers; the outer doorway now
blocked. A 3rd door, with shouldered lintel, leads from this passage to base
of stone newel stair. The staircase has another door also with shouldered
lintel, directly into the main vaulted room. Similar original doorways lead
from stairs on upper floors.
Attached house had cantilevered stair with slender turned balusters. 4 pointed
stone arches in hall. Several stone Gothic fireplaces.
Listing NGR: NU0565701052
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Source: English Heritage
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