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Description: Bridge Head Tower
Date Listed: 31 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 237138
OS Grid Reference: NU2481906208
OS Grid Coordinates: 424819, 606208
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3493, -1.6101
NU 2406 ARKWORTH BRIDGE STREET
21/247 Bridge-head tower
Gate tower at south end of bridge, late C14 with some C19 restoration and
patching. Large squared stone, with cut dressings. Rectangular plan 8.3 x
5.5 metres externally.
North (external) elevation shows double-chamfered 4-centred archway with slit
window to right; upper floor ruinous but chamfered left jamb of window remains.
Returns each show square-headed chamfered loop to upper floor, with stone
spout below that on east. South elevation shows plain arch and loop to left;
remains of two windows on upper floor.
Interior: Gate passage has rough 4-centred vault. At inner end of passage a
2-panel door in chamfered round arch to newel stair on east; and studded
vertical-panelled door in similar arch to guard chamber on west. Guard
chamber has similar vault and stone bench at north end. Upper chamber (not
seen) said to have fireplace and 3 roof corbels.
Historical notes: Rare example of a fortified gateway on a bridge. The guard
chamber was used as the village lock-up in the C18.
Listing NGR: NU2481706208
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Source: English Heritage
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