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Description: Witton Shields Tower
Date Listed: 30 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 238387
OS Grid Reference: NZ1235890419
OS Grid Coordinates: 412358, 590419
Latitude/Longitude: 55.2079, -1.8073
NETHERWITTON WITTON SHIELDS
NZ 19 SW NZ 124904
5/154 Witton Shields Tower
Strong House, dated 1608 with initials N.T. (Nigel Thornton) over door, rear
outshuts 1680; reduced in height by a storey c.1914. Rubble with large
irregular quoins and dressings; slate roof. Rectangular block with central
square stair turret and continuous rear outshut. 2 storeys, 3 bays. Stair
turret, carried up above eaves level, has re-set armorial panel, with chamfered
surround, in gable; left return has door with flattened triangular head in
square frame and date panel over, small chamfered window above; right return
has similar window above small 4-pane casement. Renewed paired 12-pane sashes
in early C18 opening with keyed lintel on ground floor left. Other renewed
sashes with glazing bars in old chamfered surrounds; one blocked chamfered
window. Renewed stone end stacks. Left return has blocked doorway with
chamfered surround; small 2-light mullioned window to left. Stone stack carried
on 4 corbels at present attic level and small chamfered window on right.
Interior; stone newel stair in turret; doorways with flattened triangular heads
and initials N.T. to ground and 1st floors; chamfered beams. 1st floor fireplace
with chamfered surround, cut-back keystone. Old roof timbers re-set c.1914:
4 principal-rafter trusses with collars. 2 levels of purlins.
Listing NGR: NZ1235890419
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Source: English Heritage
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