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Description: Fowberry Tower
Date Listed: 21 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 237488
OS Grid Reference: NU0393929340
OS Grid Coordinates: 403939, 629340
Latitude/Longitude: 55.5577, -1.9391
NU 02 NW CHATTON FOWBERRY
4/21 Fowberry Tower
Country house. Originally built as tower-house in C15, remodeled in 1666 but
now almost all of after 176 and around 1800 (datestone 1809). 1776 work built
perhaps by Nisbit of Kelso for Mr. Blake. Later work for Matthew Culley. Ashlar
with Welsh slate roof. Oblong, double pile. Gothick style. 2 storeys and basement
on north side, 3 storeys and basement on enrance front. One-storey, one-bay wings.
C20 kitchen extension to left. North front: 3 bays. steeply-pointed triple windows
with intersecting glazing bars. Basement windows are tripartite and segment-headed
under shallow segmental arches. Above basement curved corbels support a broad band
like a parapet with inset quatrefoils bneath ground floor windows. Similar
corbels and quatrefoils to top parapet and above one-storey wings. Later entrance
front: 7 bays, 1-2-1-2-1, slightly projecting centre and end bays. Ground floor
windows Tudor-arched with intersection glazing bars. Plain 12-pane sashes above.
In centre 5 bays on ground and 1st floors, windows and door are recessed with
double hollow-chamfered surrounds. Central pediment with datestone 1809. Bands
between each floor. Interior: Gothick decoration, especially in the dining room
which has a screen of two crocketed ogee arches on slim quatrefoil shafts, crocketed
ogee heads to doors and Gothick fireplace. Similar decoration to drawing room.
Simple C19 staircase but with fan-vaulted ceiling. Complex vaulting in basement;
C18 vaults supporting new north front, groin vaults behind - some in stone, some
brick. Also some older tunnel vaulting.
Early C19 wrought iron area railings to entrance. Matthew Culley was the 1st
secretary to the Board of Agriculature.
Northumberland County History Vol. X1V
Archeologia Aelian 4th Series XXX.
Listing NGR: NU0393929340
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