Littleharle Tower, Kirkwhelpington
Description: Littleharle Tower
Date Listed: 5 September 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 239604
OS Grid Reference: NZ0137583477
OS Grid Coordinates: 401375, 583477
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1456, -1.9800
Location: Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland NE19 2PD
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NZ 08 SW KIRKWHELPINGTON HARLE
8/69 Littleharle Tower
House. Medieval, early C18 and 1861-2. Medieval work rubble, early C18 work
dressed stone, C19 work ashlar. Welsh slate roofs. Irregular plan. Garden
front has 3-storey medieval tower on left; 2-storey, 5-bay early C18 centre
and large externally Victorian tower on right.
Medieval tower has slit windows on ground floor and a blocked pointed-arched
doorway on right return. 1st floor has 12-pane sash with thick glazing bars in
architrave. Similar 9-pane sash on 2nd floor. Crenellated parapet.
Centre section has part-glazed Victorian door under hoodmould and 15-pane sashes
with thick glazing bars in architraves; except 3 central 1st floor windows which
are later 12-pane sashes. Plain parapet.
Tower on right has Georgian core (cf. interior) with rusticated quoins and bands,
but was altered and extended 1861-2. Two bays. Left bay has mullioned and
mullion-and-transom windows. Right bay has 2-storey canted bay window with
mullions and hoodmould on ground floor. 1st floor has tall Gothic windows with
cinquefoil heads, and blank, pointed-arched panel of Geometric tracery above.
Roofs not visible. C18 section has tall stone conjoined corniced ridge stack.
Octagonal corniced stacks elsewhere.
Entrance front is entirely mid C19. Gothic doorway behind large crenellated
porte-cochere. Irregular fenestration with similar Gothic detail to Victorian
tower on garden front.
Interior of medieval tower has walls 6 ft thick, vaulted ground floor and a
stone newel stair which is actually in C18 section and evidence of medieval
house adjoining tower.
The section of Victorian appearance has C18 open-well stair. Drawing room in
same part has Rococo plaster ceiling of 1740-50; carved mid C18 fireplace with
broken semicircular lintel framing bust, and side terms; also 2 elaborate
Palladian pedimented doorcases.
Other rooms Victorian, especially library, and hall with screen of 3 pointed
Listing NGR: NZ0137583477
Source: English Heritage
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