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Description: Heiferlaw Tower
Date Listed: 31 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 236377
OS Grid Reference: NU1826917715
OS Grid Coordinates: 418269, 617715
Latitude/Longitude: 55.4530, -1.7127
There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Heiferlaw Tower House, 230m North East of Holywell, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.
DENWICK B 6341
NU 11 NE
(West side, off)
6/40 Heiferlaw Tower
Lookout tower for Alnwick Abbey, dateable to 1470-89 from heraldry. Large
squared stone; roofless. Rectangular 3-storey tower 8.76 x 7.4 metres
externally. South elevation shows ground floor loop re-cut to Gothick
quatrefoil, blocked square-headed 2-light window above (mullion missing)
under panel with Alnwick Abbey and Percy arms, and 2nd-floor loop. Left
return shows moulded 2-centred-arched doorway and 1st floor loop; right
return shows loops to lower floors with similar heraldic panel and trefoil-
headed niche above. 1st and 2nd floor loops to rear.
Interior: lst-floor fireplace with corbelled lintel;sockets for lst-floor
beams and corbels for 2nd floor.
The Percy arms have a pair of fetterlocks (handcuffs) within the usual
crescent, a form used by the 4th Earl of Northumberland, who also built the
towerhouse at Hulne Friary.
Hugill, R. 'Borderland Castles and Peles', p. 112.
Listing NGR: NU1826917715
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Source: English Heritage
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