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Description: Etal Castle Great Tower
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 238050
OS Grid Reference: NT9249939317
OS Grid Coordinates: 392499, 639317
Latitude/Longitude: 55.6473, -2.1207
There is also a scheduled monument, Etal Castle Tower House, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
16/83 Etal Castle:
Great Tower at north-west corner of castle, now detached from other ruins.
Licence to crenellate 1342 for the Manners family. Squared stone. 4 storeys,
46 x 32 feet.
The tower had a forebuilding on east side which contained the ground-floor
entry and a newel stair; its footings remain. The rest of the tower stands
to eaves height. Chamfered plinth and chamfered offsets above 2nd floor.
On ground floor one small arched vent in west wall. Above, on each floor a
2-light transomed window with cusped heads to lights. Similar windows on
south side and probably on north side also, though there the details have
gone. The east side, formerly within the forebuilding has, on ground floor,
a broad arched doorway with continuous chamfer. Above, symmetrically arranged,
2 narrower arched doorways on each floor.
Interior: The ground floor had a pointed tunnel vault with 7 chamfered
transverse ribs. The springing remains. Large segmental-arched fireplaces
on 1st and 2nd floors. The large windows have segmental rere arches, some of
the smaller windows triangular rere arches.
Northumberland County History: Vol.XI. AM 70.
Listing NGR: NT9249639320
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Source: English Heritage
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